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  • A woman walks down a street in New Delhi, India, June 11, 2020.

    A woman walks down a street in New Delhi, India, June 11, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 12 June 2020
Opinion

The new wave of infections took place after malls, factories, and religious sites reopened. 

India became the world's fourth most affected country by the pandemic, after the U.S., Brazil, and Russia. As of Friday morning, it had reported 307,039 COVID-19 cases and 8,752 deaths.

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In March, the Asian country's government imposed a national blockade that lasted two months. During that period, the number of infections remained low.

But in the last few weeks, COVID-19 figures have skyrocketed due to the relaxation of the containment measures.

The country's authorities decided to reinstate strict measures in areas with a high risk of contagion.

The new wave of infections took place after shops, malls, factories, and religious sites reopened to the public.  Subways, schools, colleges, and cinemas, however, remain closed.

The most affected cities are Mumbai, New Delhi, and Chennai. Urban residents are more vulnerable to contracting the virus.

"With a population of 1.3 billion people, India must continue to take action against the coronavirus for the next few months," India's Medical Research Council executive director Balram Bhargava said.

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