India’s capital, New Delhi, is set to begin reconstruction of its advanced coronavirus next week as its new cases continue to decline.
South Asia on Sunday reported 240,842 infectious diseases across the country over 24 hours – the lowest number per day for more than a month – and 3,741 deaths.
For weeks, India has been battling a second dangerous COVID-19 wave that has strained its health system and brought about oxygen depletion.
New Delhi, one of the worst-hit cities, was closed on April 20, but new cases have dropped in recent weeks and the number of tests has dropped to less than 2.5%, compared to 36% last month, Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
“If the cases continue to drop by one week, from May 31 we will start the opening operation,” Kejriwal told a news conference.
Delhi also reported about 1,600 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, he said.
Many countries remain sweet, raising concerns about the economic impact of the epidemic.
The head of the state-run Indian Council of Medical Research said this month that areas infected with the virus should be closed for six to eight weeks to prevent the spread.
Daily COVID-19 cases in India are declining after an increase on May 9. The government said Sunday was testing the largest number of COVID-19 tests, with more than 2.1 million samples tested in the last 24 hours.
However, health experts have warned India that the risk of further outbreaks could be seen in the coming months, with many countries failing to vaccinate people under the age of 45 due to shortages.
The world’s largest vaccine group has vaccinated more than 41.6 million people with the drug, or only 3.8 percent of the 1.35 billion people.