In some parts of India, restrictions are being eased as the number of recovered coronavirus cases exceeds the number of new cases.
In India, another 132,364 coronavirus infections were reported in the last 24 hours, continuing a downward trend in which recoveries have outnumbered new cases this week, encouraging many state governments to relax some of the restrictions.
The latest figures from the health ministry put the country’s population at more than 28.6 million, second only to the United States in the world.
According to the ministry, 2,713 more people have perished in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 340,702.
These figures are likely undercounted.
According to the ministry, India’s recovery rate has surpassed 93.80%, with 207,071 persons recovering, outnumbering the number of newly afflicted.
In New Delhi, the number of cases has also decreased dramatically.
It detected 487 new illnesses on Friday, the lowest number in more than two months.
In the capital, there are currently less than 9,000 active cases.
As the number of daily confirmed cases has decreased, state administrations including as New Delhi and Maharashtra have announced plans to lift lockdowns.
The western state of Maharashtra, which includes the financial capital of Mumbai, plans to relax most restrictions in half of its districts this month, according to officials.
Manufacturing and construction activities in New Delhi have already resumed.
Much of the country remains shut down, with many industries and businesses unable to resume operations.
The majority of businesses and schools are still closed.
The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under increasing pressure to speed up vaccines.
So far, India has administered little over 220 million vaccinations, with less than 5% of the population fully immunized.