The number of coronavirus cases in India has increased to 24,506, including 775 deaths, the Union Home Ministry said today, adding that 1,429 cases and 57 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Amid a countrywide lockdown to check the spread of the highly contagious illness, which began on March 25, the government last night issued an order to allow neighbourhood shops to remain open with conditions; malls across India continue to remain shut. The ease in restrictions comes nearly two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a call to revive economic activities that have been affected due to the pandemic. An improvement has been recorded over the last week in the recovery rate which indicates the number of people who have successfully fought off the illness, the government data shows. The recovery rate stood at 20.66 per cent this morning.
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