In a major relief to traders who were financially hit due to the nationwide lockdown, the government allowed local shops selling non-essential goods and services to resume their operations from Saturday.
The Union Home Ministry on Friday announced that local shops selling non-essential goods in municipal areas can reopen and begin their services.
However, shopping complexes and malls will continue to remain shut. The Centre has stated that it hopes to turn the coronavirus curve by May 3.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India inflated to 24,506 on Saturday, according to latest update by the Union Health Ministry.
This comprises of 18,668 active Covid-19 cases, 5,062 recoveries, 1 migrated and 775 deaths from the virus. 1,429 new COVID-19 cases and 57 deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.
India’s multiplying rate of novel coronavirus improved to 10 days from 7.5 reported earlier this week. The country’s recovery rate is now at 20.52 percent and the mortality rate is controlled to 3 percent, less than the global average of nearly 7 percent.