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India announces major easing of coronavirus lockdown

A home ministry order said that places of religious worship, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls 'will be allowed' to operate from June 8

India announces major easing of coronavirus lockdown

The announcement came even after the world's second-most populous country announced another record daily rise in infections, taking the total to more than 85,000 cases with almost 5,000 deaths.

India announced on Saturday a major relaxation of the world's biggest coronavirus lockdown from early June, except for so-called "containment zones" with high numbers of infections.

A home ministry order said that places of religious worship, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls "will be allowed" to operate from June 8, while educational establishments will be opened "after consultations" with Indian state authorities.

The announcement came even after the world's second-most populous country announced another record daily rise in infections, taking the total to more than 85,000 cases with almost 5,000 deaths.

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