AKIPRESS.COM - India has announced plans to further ease a strict national lockdown even as the country reported a record daily rise in new coronavirus cases.
From 8 June, restaurants, hotels, shopping centres and places of worship will be allowed to re-open in many areas in the first stage of a three-phase plan.
Weeks later, probably in July, schools and colleges will resume teaching.
But areas with high numbers of Covid-19 cases will remain under tight lockdown.
The plan comes after India registered a new record single-day rise in confirmed infections, with nearly 8,000 cases reported on Saturday.
In total India has recorded some 174,500 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths. The nation of 1.3 billion has been hit less hard by the coronavirus than many other countries.