India coronavirus lockdown eases, cases surge, Kejriwal ‘isolates’

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India Monday began easing the lockdown in place since March 25 even as the country witnessed yet another highest one-day spike of coronavirus cases, with 9,983 people testing positive for the virus between Saturday and Sunday.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country was 256,611 Sunday.

Barring in a few states including Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh which have extended the lockdown till June 30, religious places, public transport, eateries, businesses can now open with measures for social distancing and usage of face masks.

In Mumbai, usual big jams were back on the arterial Eastern and Western Express Highways as the commercial capital of India got back to work.

However, the city’s lifeline local train service remains suspended in view of the number of coronavirus cases surging past 50,000.

In Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal reportedly self-isolated after developing symptoms of COVID-19, even as a high-level government panel is to deliberate Tuesday over the novel coronavirus situation.

The meeting will reportedly discuss whether community transmission had begun in Delhi.

Community transmission is the stage of a pandemic when the source of infection in a person, that is who/where the person got it from, cannot be determined.

Many experts feel community transmission has already begun in places like Delhi and Mumbai.

Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal reportedly blocked a decision of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government that was being seen as a measure of the desperation in Delhi: “reserving” hospitals for “Delhi residents” only.

In Kolkata, eateries and malls opened with new measures such as social distancing and at much-loved restaurants staff were seen measuring distance with tape.

West Bengal also declared that the lockdown would continue till June 30, though it allowed more relaxations including up to 25 guests at social events.

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