If new cases continue to decrease, New Delhi, the capital of India, will begin to relax the strict lockdown on the coronavirus next week.
The South Asian country reported on Sunday that there were 240,842 new infections in the country within 24 hours, the lowest daily number of infections in more than a month, and the death toll was 3,741.
For several weeks, India has been fighting the second wave of disastrous COVID-19 war, which has paralyzed its health system and caused a shortage of oxygen supply.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Arvind Kejriwal) stated that New Delhi is one of the worst-hit cities and was blocked on April 20, but new cases have fallen in recent weeks, and the positive rate of testing has dropped. Less than 2.5%, compared with 36% last month.
“If the case continues to decline for a week, then from May 31, we will start the unlocking process,” Keirival said at a press conference.
He said that Delhi has reported about 1,600 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.
Many states are still in lockdown, raising concerns about the economic impact of the epidemic.
The head of the state-run Indian Medical Research Council said this month that areas with high infection rates should be locked for six to eight weeks to break the chain of transmission.
The daily COVID-19 cases in India began to decline after reaching a peak on May 9. The government said on Sunday that it is carrying out the most COVID-19 testing, with 2.1 million samples tested in the past 24 hours.
However, health experts warn that India may face a third wave of infections in the next few months, and due to supply shortages, many states cannot vaccinate people under 45.
This is the world’s largest vaccine producer. It has been vaccinated with two doses of vaccine and has provided complete vaccination for more than 41.6 million people, or only 3.8% of its 1.35 billion population.