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Modi Urges India’s States to Shun Lockdowns as Virus Surges

  • Some states have imposed restrictions as infections soar
  • Second virus wave has pressured India’s stock market, rupee
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Why Covid-19 in India Is a Problem for the Whole World
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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who last year imposed a strict lockdown on short notice, asked states to avoid shutting businesses as the South Asian nation grapples with a new wave of Covid-19 infections that threatens a nascent economic revival.

The South Asian nation is now the world’s second-worst hit country, lagging only the U.S., after reporting more than 200,000 daily new infections every day for the last week, and a record daily death toll of 2,023 on Wednesday.