Coronavirus in India: Which shops can now open as lockdown eased?
India's government has announced an easing of the Covid-19 lockdown in place in the country, allowing some shops selling non-essential goods to reopen.
The Indian government has eased the lockdown measures in place in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, allowing a limited reopening of shops providing non-essential goods and services in both urban and rural areas.
This loosening of restrictions does not cover any stores located in Covid-19 hotspots or containment zones, the country’s Ministry of Home Affairs said on Friday in its announcement of the move.
Which shops are now allowed to open in India?
Nearly 25,000 coronavirus cases in India
At the time of writing, there had been 24,530 registered coronavirus cases in India, leading to 780 deaths. In a bid to curb the spread of the virus, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi imposed an initial two-week lockdown on the country’s population of 1.3 billion on 24 March, before extending that order until 3 May.