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India’s Modi warns of COVID-19 ‘negligence’ as some cities prolong lockdowns

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CHENNAI: India’s prime minister on Tuesday (Jun 30) warned residents in opposition to flouting guidelines to forestall the unfold of the novel coronavirus, as he prolonged an enormous social safety scheme till November.

A number of Indian cities ready to increase their lockdowns to fight the unfold of the an infection on Tuesday, with day by day new circumstances within the nation remaining near 20,000.

“Ever since (easing of restrictions) began within the nation, negligence in private and social behaviour has been rising,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated in a televised tackle, including residents had been ignoring tips on social distancing and hand washing.

Below strain for leaving the poor to fend for themselves early in a stringent lockdown that started in March, Modi additionally introduced the extension of a scheme offering free food grains to 800 million Indians, at a value of round US$12 billion.

The opposition Congress Social gathering, led by Rahul Gandhi, stated the measures had been insufficient, calling for direct money transfers to the poorest within the nation.

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India reported 18,522 new circumstances over the earlier 24 hours, in line with federal well being information launched on Tuesday, down barely from Sunday’s file of 19,906.

With greater than 550,000 whole infections, India lags solely america, Brazil and Russia in whole circumstances.

Greater than 16,000 individuals have died in India – a low determine when put next with international locations with comparable numbers of circumstances – although consultants worry its hospitals might be unable to deal with a steep rise in infections.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Mumbai
A healthcare employee checks the temperature of a resident throughout a medical marketing campaign for the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) at a slum space in Mumbai, India, June 30, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

CURBS CONTINUE

India on Wednesday enters what Modi has known as “Unlock 2.0”, with many curbs on motion relaxed, although faculties, cinemas, gyms and bars will stay shut. However some states have imposed their very own lockdowns in cities with vital outbreaks.

The northeastern state of Assam, the place authorities are combating the affect of floods that compelled greater than one million individuals from their houses, ordered a stringent two-week lockdown in the principle metropolis of Guwahati to sort out the coronavirus.

“We’re witnessing a spike in native infections,” the state’s well being minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, informed Reuters.

“There have been about 175 constructive circumstances reported on Monday solely in Guwahati, which is a matter of great concern.”

READ: India’s Modi extends free foodgrain program for poor battling COVID-19

Tamil Nadu state prolonged a strict lockdown for its capital Chennai by 5 days. It additionally introduced a closure of meat outlets as a result of what officers stated had been giant crowds gathering there.

“It’s a ridiculous transfer since meat is important, together with greens and medicines,” stated Prasanna Kumar, 30, a metropolis IT worker.

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