India’s Covid-19 cases cross 3 million mark as economy opens

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                Le nombre d'infections à coronavirus en Inde a franchi la barre des 3 millions avec 69239 nouveaux cas signalés dimanche alors même que le pays ouvrait divers secteurs à partir d'un verrouillage qui bloquait les entreprises et compromettait la croissance économique. 
            

De nombreux experts affirment cependant que l'ampleur réelle de l'infection en Inde est beaucoup plus élevée.

The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed one of the tightest lockdowns in the world in late March with little planning, sending millions of migrant workers from exodus towns to villages across the country.

The lockdown which has been largely relaxed in recent weeks.

But the epidemic left Asia’s third largest economy in shock and tens of millions of people lost their jobs and livelihoods.

Hot spots are leaving mega-cities

Individual states and cities have imposed localized lockdowns – including Haryana and the Punjab, where cases have increased in recent weeks.

Previously, the main hot spots were the teeming mega-cities of New Delhi and Mumbai, which are home to some of the world’s largest slums.

“At the moment, we are seeing a fairly large increase in the number of cases in India,” said K Srinath Reddy, from the Non-Governmental Public Health Foundation of India.

Authorities in New Delhi said last week that a study of antibodies in the mega-city suggested more than a quarter of the capital’s population had contracted the infection.

Opening up of the media production industry

India on Sunday released guidelines to open up its media production industry with standards for social distancing, crowd management and sanitation.

The new guidelines were aimed at creating “a safe working environment for industry players and teams,” Prakash Javadekar, India’s trade union minister for information and broadcasting, said in a tweet.

    

Les principaux producteurs, distributeurs et acteurs de Bollywood, l'industrie cinématographique de la capitale financière indienne de Mumbai, avaient déclaré en mai qu'il leur faudrait au moins deux ans pour se remettre financièrement de la pandémie, mettant en danger des dizaines de milliers d'emplois.

While India has slowly opened up some industries with specific regulations, containment zones – areas identified as most affected by the virus – still remain blocked.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

            

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