Indian authorities announced today that the lockdown in the capital, New Delhi, will be “very, very slowly” lifted. After weeks of embargoes in India’s major cities, the number of new cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has decreased.
However, rural areas are now experiencing a surge in infections that has overwhelmed the health system, with at least 160,000 people having died since early March.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said construction work and factory operations will resume on the 31st and that we “have a lot on our minds.”
He said, “We are embarking on a very, very slow unsealing process and in a week’s time we will reassess the situation based on the views of experts and people.”
According to official statistics, the number of daily infections reported across India has been more than halved from more than 400,000 earlier this month.
Delhi today reported about 1,100 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, down from about 25,000 per day when the blockade was declared six weeks ago.