INDIA SPLINTERS OVER REOPENING
For 5 weeks, Indians have united in following a national
lockdown, the largest and one of the most severe anywhere.
But as the central government has started lifting restrictions
in area with few or no known cases of Corona Virus, officials
are now struggling to persuade fearful residents and their
leaders to consider a partial reopening. Residents are afraid
to go outside after weeks of harshly enforced restrictions.
Divided state leaders are taking different approaches in the re-
openings. Some local leaders fear that if they re open too
soon, they risk losing the ability to reimpose rules if the
spread accelerates. India’s suffering economy will most likely
move the needle, as the country’s public distraction system,
which provides food and other handouts to hundreds of
people, has been severely stressed.
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