India will begin on June 8 the first of the three phases of de-escalation of the confinement started on March 25 to contain the expansion of the coronavirus, although it noted that the “containment areas” with the most infected will continue with total restrictions until the next 30 of June.
The Indian Government’s announcement this Saturday comes at a time when the contagion curve in this country of 1.3 billion inhabitants continues to rise, with more than 173,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,971 deaths so far.
“Outside the containment areas, all activities will be allowed, except the following (which will be allowed) in phases,” the Indian Interior Ministry said in a statement.
In the first of the phases, which will begin on June 8, highlights the permission to allow the opening of hotels, restaurants, religious places and shopping centers, although they must follow the safety instructions of the Ministry of Health to prevent possible contagions multiply.
In the second phase, the opening of educational centers is expected, although the beginning of this stage will not be known until July, in time to announce the start or not of the new school year in August.
Finally, in phase three, the dates for the reopening of important sectors such as international flights, travel by subway, the opening of cinemas, gyms, cultural centers and sports stadiums with large public attendance will be announced.
However, until further notice, the night curfew will continue to be imposed between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am, except for essential services, and the “containment areas” will maintain strict confinement until at least next June 30.
The Government also recommends that those over 65 years of age, pregnant, chronically ill and children under the age of ten continue at home.
The decision comes a day after a growth forecast for India of 4.2% of its gross domestic product (GDP) was announced for the 2019-20 fiscal year, which ended in March, the worst figure in eleven years, which represents a further downturn for an economy that will continue to fall due to the impact of COVID-19.