New Delhi: Shopping malls, restaurants and religious place are gearing up to reopen from Monday after over two months. This is part of the Narendra Modi-led government three-phased plan to gradually restart economic activities and reverse the countrywide lockdown enforced since March 25. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown Extension News: State Extends Suspension of Bus Services Till July 31
The government has already issued strict SOPs in this regard, which, will be in place till the end of this month. However, the resumption of these services comes at a time when India has surpassed Spain to become the fifth worst pandemic hit country globally. The number of confirmed coronvirus cases in India has inched close 2.50 lakh mark. Also Read - 'Humanity is Still Alive': Telangana Doctor Drives Tractor to Transport COVID Victim's Body, Wins Praise
Earlier on Sunday, a total of 9,971 new COVID-19 cases were reported, following which the total tally soared to 2,46,628. Of the total cases, at least 1,20,406 are active 1,19,293 persons have been cured and discharged while 6,929 fatalities have been recorded so far. At least 5,220 individuals had been cured since Saturday. Also Read - Shilpa Shetty's Yoga Tips to Beat Lockdown Muscle Stress
India’s recovery rate stood at 48.36 per cent, while the fatality rate docked at 2.80 per cent.
Meanwhile, the total number of global coronavirus has surged to over 6.8 million, while the death toll was nearing 400,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.