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Many restrictions easing as Covid numbers plummet in New York

New York: New York City coronavirus infections have fallen to their lowest point in seven months, with all of the numbers the city monitors dipping into the range public health officials consider acceptable for the first time since October.

The new numbers Wednesday came on the same day New York state lifted most of its remaining pandemic restrictions — with no more capacity limits on businesses and no government mask mandate for fully vaccinated New Yorkers. On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio reported 537 new cases of the virus — below the threshold of 550 that the city deems a safe level. “This is a really important day. It proves that vaccination works,” de Blasio said at a press briefing. “This is the first time since the middle of October, over seven months ago, that the indicators have all been below threshold in New York City.”

From the Bronx to Staten Island, Chinatown to Fifth Avenue, in Michelin-starred restaurants and humble corner diners, hardware stores and funeral homes, New York moved gingerly toward reopening on Wednesday, with scenes of a remembered normalcy played out alongside those of caution, New York Times added.

New York beaches and pools could be open at 100% capacity by the Fourth of July if Covid rates continue to fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

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India returning back to normalcy as restrictions ease

New Delhi: People have started to go outdoors and traffic returned to roads in most parts of India since last week after the central government extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown to May 31 but eased many restrictions to restore economic activity.

Small shops and other businesses were reopened in several states, including Delhi, where the movement of private transport led to some traffic snarls. E-commerce companies started to deliver goods, including those considered nonessential, to places outside containment zones.

Airlines were again flying on domestic routes. But Metro service, schools, shopping malls, colleges, hotels and restaurants still remain shuttered nationwide.

Meanwhile, with 6,566 new cases and 194 new deaths, India’s total

tally of COVID‑19 cases reached 1,58,333 on Thursday, the Health Ministry

data revealed. But even as  India ranked 10th in the global

infection list, overtaking Iran,  India’s top medical body, Indian Council; of Medical Research,  has said the human trials of COVID‑19 vaccine may begin at least in six months.

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