May 30, 2020 - Health

India extends lockdown, but allows businesses outside hot spots to reopen

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Migrants wait to be screened at the Majitha road bypass before being ferried to the railway station on May 30 in Amritsar, India. Photo: Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

India extended its nationwide lockdown again on Saturday, as deaths and infections continue to rise across the country, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: Although India's lockdown — which will now last until June 30 — has been extended three times, the country moved on Saturday to allow restaurants, hotels and churches outside of hotspots to begin resuming operations.

What's happening: Current hotspots include Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, according to India's Ministry of Health.

  • Outside of those areas and others with high infection rates, places of worship, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls will still be allowed to reopen on June 8.
  • There are currently over 181,000 coronavirus cases and over 5,000 confirmed deaths in the country, per Johns Hopkins.

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