Crowds at a marketplace in Mumbai shop for this year’s Diwali festival. Photo: AP Crowds at a marketplace in Mumbai shop for this year’s Diwali festival. Photo: AP
Crowds at a marketplace in Mumbai shop for this year’s Diwali festival. Photo: AP

Diwali shopping frenzy boosts hope for Indian economy amid fears of coronavirus surge

  • People have thronged markets from New Delhi to Mumbai ahead of Saturday’s festival, the country’s biggest holiday
  • But while there is cautious optimism on the effect their spending will have, experts worry the crowds, winter weather and air pollution will see an upswing in Covid-19 cases

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Crowds at a marketplace in Mumbai shop for this year’s Diwali festival. Photo: AP Crowds at a marketplace in Mumbai shop for this year’s Diwali festival. Photo: AP
Crowds at a marketplace in Mumbai shop for this year’s Diwali festival. Photo: AP
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