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Underreported cases and a spreading Delta variant: Is India opening up too soon? | COVID-19 Special

DW, 15 Jun 2021
A second wave of COVID-19 hit India hard. But case numbers look like they're falling. Restrictions are easing. Shops, businesses and public transport are opening in Delhi. People in Mumbai can catch a movie at the cinema. So is India ready?

The country's vaccination drive remains sluggish. And testing isn't widespread. Experts warn case numbers and deaths are being underreported. They say it's too soon to lift restrictions.

The construction sector was one of the first to open. It relies largely on migrant labour. Deprived of any means to earning a living during the lockdown, many construction workers went back to their villages. They are now returning to the capital hoping to find work. But does the city have enough to offer them so they can again earn their livelihood?


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