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India tests normal economic activity by lifting night curfew

Freedom of life returns in phases while COVID-19 continues to spread

Chefs wearing protective face masks and gloves prepare dishes in the kitchen of JW Marriott hotel in Kolkata, India, July 15, after authorities eased lockdown restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- India has lifted an overnight curfew as part of moves to further ease COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, which came into effect in August. The change expands the freedom of economic activity in the country but is accompanied by the risk of accelerating coronavirus infections.

The Indian economy, which has been battered by the strict restrictions, is starting to show some signs of brightness but these may weaken in the longer term if infections keep rising.

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