With over 246,628 cases of Coronavirus, India became the fifth worst-hit nation in the world after the U.S. (1.9 million), Brazil (672,846), Russia (458,102) and U.K. (286,294), overtaking Spain’s tally.
On Saturday, for the first time the fresh infections in the country crossed 10,000 while 297 deaths, the highest single-day toll, were reported.
According to the latest data from the Indian health ministry, the country stands at 6,946 deaths and 119,293 recovered cases.
However, the country has already been easing its lockdown measures in phases since early May. The ‘unlockdown’ which start on June 8 will see resumed operations at restaurants, shopping malls, places of worship and offices with proper health restrictions.
The ministry has issued Standard Operating Procedures where eateries can open at only 50% seating capacity with a distance of six feet between each table. At places of worship, there will be no common prayer mats, sprinkling of holy water or physical offerings given to the worshippers. There will be health restrictions for leaving the house and masks are mandatory in public places. The government’s Aarogya Setu app, which tracks other patients in the vicinity using their location data, is ‘advised’ for all.
Meanwhile, global cases of COVID-19 crossed 7 million, while deaths are approaching 400,000 worldwide.