New Delhi: People have started to go outdoors and traffic returned to roads in most parts of India since last week after the central government extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown to May 31 but eased many restrictions to restore economic activity.
Small shops and other businesses were reopened in several states, including Delhi, where the movement of private transport led to some traffic snarls. E-commerce companies started to deliver goods, including those considered nonessential, to places outside containment zones.
Airlines were again flying on domestic routes. But Metro service, schools, shopping malls, colleges, hotels and restaurants still remain shuttered nationwide.
Meanwhile, with 6,566 new cases and 194 new deaths, India’s total
tally of COVID‑19 cases reached 1,58,333 on Thursday, the Health Ministry
data revealed. But even as India ranked 10th in the global
infection list, overtaking Iran, India’s top medical body, Indian Council; of Medical Research, has said the human trials of COVID‑19 vaccine may begin at least in six months.