India: New Delhi to relax lockdown as COVID cases decline

India’s capital New Delhi will start relaxing its strict coronavirus lockdown next week if its new cases continue to drop.

The South Asian country on Sunday reported 240,842 new infections nationwide over 24 hours – the lowest daily number in more than a month – and 3,741 deaths.

For weeks, India has battled a devastating second wave of COVID-19 that has crippled its health system and led to shortages of oxygen supplies.

New Delhi, one of the worst-hit cities, went into lockdown on April 20, but new cases have declined in recent weeks and the test positivity rate has fallen under 2.5 percent, compared with 36 percent last month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

“If cases continue to drop for a week, then from May 31 we will start the process of unlocking,” Kejriwal told a news conference.

Delhi reported about 1,600 new COVID-19 cases in the previous 24 hours, he said. -ALJAZEERA

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