COVID-19: India eases some restrictions amid economic distress

Last Modified Monday, 20 April 2020 (20:19 IST)
Indian states are set to resume limited commercial activities as the government relaxes some restrictions. The nationwide lockdown, however, will continue until May 3.In a new order, the Indian government said Sunday it was allowing some public sectors to operate despite a nationwide to contain the outbreak.
Health services, agricultural activities, financial services and public utilities are now exempted from restrictions.
 
The government however urged these sectors to follow the safety measures, including social distancing and limited physical contact.
 
The easing of will not be applicable to COVID-19 hotspots, the government said.
 
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government issued fresh guidelines to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
 
Relief for laborers
 
The easing of restrictions is good new for tens of thousands of daily-wage workers in big cities like New Delhi and Mumbai.
 
While the new guidelines continue to restrict inter-state travel for migrant workers, those who want to work within state can do so after getting tested for COVID-19.
 
The easing of restrictions will not be applicable to COVID-19 hotspots, the government said.
 
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government issued fresh guidelines to slow the spread of the coronavirus.