India cautiously starts to open up as virus cases decline

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Businesses in two of India’s largest cities are reopening as part of a phased easing of lockdown measures in several states now that the number of new coronavirus infections in the country is on a steady decline. On Monday, New Delhi, allowed businesses and shops to reopen with limited hours, and malls, movie theaters, restaurants and offices in Mumbai and reopened in areas where the positivity rate has fallen below 5%. After registering a daily peak of over 400,000 daily cases in May, new infections and deaths have declined nationwide. The government hopes the reopening can help resuscitate an economy that grew at only a 1.6% annual rate in the January-March quarter.

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