Meanwhile, the government has decided to reopen the country for business as it heads into the “unlock” phase. Shopping malls and places of worship across the country, barring those in states like Maharashtra and Goa, are ready to throw their doors open to people from Monday after remaining closed for nearly two-and-a-half months due to the lockdown prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the guidelines issued earlier by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), malls, hotels, restaurants and places of worship can open from June 8 as part of Phase-I of the “unlockdown”. The Delhi government has decided to open malls and restaurants. joining states such as Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, which will all see such businesses resuming this week.
British pharma giant AstraZeneca, which is developing a vaccine in partnership with Oxford University, said it was “on track” to roll out up to two billion doses in September.