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Coronavirus

India extends lockdown in high-risk zones

Restaurants, malls to reopen from June 8 except in hot spot

A healthcare worker checks a boy's temperature with an infrared thermometer at a camp in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, during an extended lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus in India.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -- India extended its coronavirus lockdown until June 30 in high-risk zones but permitted restaurants, malls and religious buildings to reopen elsewhere from June 8 despite a record high number of cases detected nationwide on Saturday.

The home ministry ordered state governments and local authorities to identify "containment zones", or areas that should remain under lockdown, as they continue to report high number of infections.

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