Coronavirus: India to reopen the places of worship and shopping centers

Coronavirus: l'Inde rouvre lieux de culte et centres commerciaux

NEW DELHI | shopping Malls and places of worship are authorized to reopen Monday in India, despite an outbreak of a new coronavirus always virulent in the countries of South Asia.

In an attempt to revive an economy crippled, the government of prime minister Narendra Modi has largely eased the containment as a national force since the end of march through the country of 1.3 billion people.

In the framework of the easing of restrictions, places of worship, shopping centers and restaurants have received permission from the central government to welcome back the general public as of Monday, respecting many of the health prescriptions.

Some States, such as Maharashtra (west), particularly devastated by the pandemic, maintain, however, closed. To the cinema or sport remain closed, and large gatherings prohibited.

In the religious buildings that have re-opened their doors Monday morning, the precaution was in order, and only a handful of the faithful responded to this.

Businessman, Mohit Budhiraja went to his hindu temple in the capital New Delhi for the first time since the beginning of the confinement with a mask on the face and hydroalcoholic gel.

“Go to the temple is part of my daily life. Something I missed when I wasn’t able to go to the temple during all these weeks,” he said.

Many temples have installed the “tunnels of sanitation” at the entrance. The faithful are forbidden to bring food or offerings to the inside.

“The temperature of the people is taken two times before they fall”, was described by Ravindra Goel, a manager of the temple, Jhandewalan, one of the most ancient of the indian capital.

The mosque Jama Masjid of Old Delhi, one of the largest in India, is planning to hold prayers as three times per day, compared with five in normal times.

With 256 611 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last official report on Monday, the India has now registered more than sick of the pandemic that Spain and the United Kingdom, countries with the population however a much lesser.

The human toll indian, however, remains below that of the nations of western Europe, with 7 135 deaths recorded officially. Experts fear, however, that the peak of the epidemic has been reached in the country in the month of July.

The indian government believes that the containment national entered into force on 25 march has helped to curb the spread of the virus. The restrictions, however, have cost their jobs to tens of millions of people and put a screeching halt to economic activity.

The rating agencies expect that the GDP contracted by over 5 % on the year 2020-2021, compared to an increase of about 7% per year on average over the last decade.

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