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Covid-19: India to ease lockdown despite jump in cases

India is planning to lift more lockdown measures, despite reports that coronavirus infections in the country have jumped by nearly 8,000 in a day.

The interior ministry announced on Saturday that restrictions will be eased in some places from June 8, regardless of warnings that the pandemic is not yet at its peak.

Restaurants, malls and places of worship will be allowed to open, according to the interior ministry statement.

The authorities, in conjunction with the security forces, will be required to enforce physical distancing rules as well as staggered business hours.

The ministry said the lockdown would be extended in high-risk “containment areas” until June 30.

On Saturday, India, the world’s second most populous country, reported a record daily jump of 7,964 new COVID-19 cases and 265 deaths.

The latest figures indicate that the South Asian giant has so far registered 173,763 positive cases and 4,971 deaths in total.

Lockdown rules have been in place across India’s  twenty-two states since March, but the national government in Delhi loosened some restrictions this month.

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