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India and Pakistan's 'red zones' keep COVID-19 trajectory on rise

New Delhi modifies strategy as stringent lockdown fails to flatten curve

A doctor tests a patient for the coronavirus in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, at the outset of India's nationwide lockdown, which has failed to conquer the novel coronavirus.   © Reuters

MUMBAI/TOKYO -- India on Monday entered Phase 3 of the world's largest lockdown, in place since March 25. Although the action is being dubbed a two-week extension of the quarantine, it marks a considerable relaxation of the ban on people's movements and interactions in many parts of the country.

With it, India shifted its COVID-19 battleplan from a uniform nationwide lockdown to more locally tailored restrictions implemented by local governments. The move comes after the world's most stringent lockdown succeeded in preventing a surge in infections but failed to move the daily infection rate onto a downward trajectory.

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