Coronavirus India Highlights: India Reports 67,735 New COVID-19 Cases In 24 Hours

Coronavirus India News Highlights: Cinema halls will open this week in several places, including Delhi and parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, with stringent dos and don'ts.

Coronavirus India Highlights: India Reports 67,735 New COVID-19 Cases In 24 Hours

Coronavirus cases in India: Cinema halls ready to reopen in New COVID-19 normal

New Delhi:

India's COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 73.07 lakh with 67,735 new cases in a day, while 63,83,441 people have recuperated so far pushing the national recovery rate to 87.35 per cent on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry data. 

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 73,07,097 and the deaths climbed to 1,11,266 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 680 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed. The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.52 per cent.

There are 812390 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 11.11 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 9,12,26,305 samples have been tested up to October 14 with 11,36,183 samples being tested on Wednesday.

Cinema halls in several parts of the country ready to open after seven months in the shadow of COVID-19. While theatres and multiplexes will remain closed in states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Chhattisgarh, they will open this week in several places, including Delhi and parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, with stringent dos and don'ts in keeping with the new COVID-19 normal.

Ushering in a new era of movie watching, the Union government allowed multiplexes, cinema halls and theatres to reopen from Thursday within the framework of a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs). The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) left it to states to take a final call on the matter.

PVR Cinemas, India's largest film exhibitor with 845 screens in 176 properties across 71 cities, on Wednesday said 10 states and four union territories have given their go-ahead for the reopening of cinemas.

Here are the Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases:

Oct 16, 2020 05:42 (IST)
Low risk of Covid infection on planes if masks worn: US military
The risk of being infected with the coronavirus on an airliner is very low if passengers wear masks, according to a study carried out aboard Boeing long-haul jets by the US military and published Thursday.

Researchers using sensors and fluorescent tracers measured the volume of airborne contagious matter emitted by a dummy  simulating an infected person breathing normally.

The passengers most exposed to the infected person -- those just in front of, behind or beside the dummy -- were represented in the study by the sensors.

Some 300 test rounds were carried out on the ground and in flight over the course of eight straight days in August in cooperation with United Airlines on Boeing 767 and 777 jetliners.
Oct 16, 2020 05:00 (IST)
"Shanti": WHO Chief Tweets In Hindi With Message On Covid
As the countries continue to register news cases of coronavirus every day, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged the leaders to maintain peace and focus on combatting against the virus and "not the vulnerable".

"It's a pandemic: go after the virus, not the vulnerable," said Mr Ghebreyesus on Twitter.

In another tweet, he said, "Shanti" (peace). Interestingly, the WHO Director-General tweeted in Hindi.

Earlier, in a video message, the Director-General urged the countries to opt for "case finding, isolation, testing, compassionate care, contact tracing, quarantine, physical distancing, hand hygiene, masks, respiratory etiquette, ventilation, avoiding crowds and more" instead of herd immunity.
Oct 16, 2020 04:33 (IST)
COVID-19: Delhi reports 3,324 new cases, 44 deaths
Delhi reported 3,324 new coronavirus cases and 44 deaths on Wednesday.

Delhi government said that 2,867 people recovered or were discharged in the last 24 hours.

The national capital's total COVID-19 count has risen to 3,17,548, including 5,898 deaths and 2,89,747 recoveries/discharges/migrations.

The active cases stand at 21,903.
Oct 16, 2020 03:52 (IST)
COVID-19: Assam records 769 fresh cases, nine more deaths
Assam reported nine more COVID-19 fatalities, increasing the number of people succumbing to the virus to 843, even as the tally climbed to 1,98,982 with 769 fresh cases, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Thursday.

The overall positivity rate in the state stood at 4.68 per cent against total testing of 38,30,571 samples so far.
Oct 16, 2020 03:24 (IST)
11 Million Girls Won't Return To School After Covid: UNESCO
Eleven million girls face being unable to return to school even after coronavirus restrictions are lifted around the world, UNESCO head Audrey Azoulay said Thursday during a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"We worry that in many countries the closure of schools has unfortunately led to losses," Azoulay said as she visited a high school in the capital Kinshasa, three days after the country's 2020-21 school year began.

"We estimate that 11 million girls will be unable to go back to school around the world."

Accordingly, "we have launched an awareness campaign on the need for schools to go back to school," the former French culture minister said.
Oct 16, 2020 02:37 (IST)
Hardeep Puri interacts with envoys from EU member states, talks of opportunities created due to COVID-19 disruptions
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday had a video conference with Ambassador of European Union to India Ugo Astuto and envoys from 27 EU member states and outlined comprehensive steps taken by India to deal with COVID-19 and opportunities created in the wake of disruptions caused by the pandemic.

"Had an extended video conference with Ugo Astuto and Ambs from 27 EU Member States. I outlined comprehensive steps taken to deal with COVID19 in India under the visionary leadership of PM Narendra Modiji and opportunities created in the wake of disruptions caused by the pandemic," Mr Puri said in a tweet.

"We also covered several issues pertaining to civil aviation, development of infrastructure in cities and policy interventions implemented under AatmaNirbharBharat Abhiyan. Reforms undertaken across industries in India are creating an attractive environment for FDI," he added.
Oct 16, 2020 01:49 (IST)
COVID-19: Sikkim reports 41 fresh cases, tally mounts to 3,500
Sikkim reported 41 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 3,500, an official said on Thursday.

The state's Information, Education and Communication (IEC) member Sonam Bhutia said East Sikkim registered 35 positive cases, South Sikkim (5) and West Sikkim (1).

East Sikkim has so far logged 2,547 coronavirus cases followed by 702 in South Sikkim, 158 in West Sikkim and 12 in North Sikkim, he said.

The state now has 312 active cases, while 3,048 patients have recovered from the disease, the official said, adding, 81 others have migrated out.
Oct 16, 2020 01:07 (IST)
COVID-19: Kaziranga National Park to reopen on October 21
The iconic Kaziranga National Park in Assam will reopen from October 21 after being shut since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the monsoon season, officials said.

"Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve will be opened for the current tourist season on 21st October 2020.

The opening ceremony will commence from 11am onwards. Chief Minister of Assam will grace the occasion," KNP said on its Facebook page.

The park is thronged by domestic and international tourists in large numbers for its famed one-horned rhinos.

In September, the Assam government had approved expansion of the park totalling 3,053 hectares.
Oct 16, 2020 00:53 (IST)
COVID-19: France records 30,621 new cases
France registered 30,621 new coronavirus cases over the past day, a new one-day high, the country's public health agency said on Thursday.

Over the past 24 hours, 88 people have died from the coronavirus in the country, the agency added.

Prior to that, the largest number of detected COVID-19 cases per day was just above 26,000. On Wednesday, almost 23,000 new cases were reported.
Oct 16, 2020 00:29 (IST)
COVID-19: Punjab reports 511 new cases, 29 deaths
Punjab reported 511 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday taking the total count of COVID-19 cases to 1,26,230.

The state Health Department said that 29 more people succumbed to the virus on Thursday taking the death toll in the state to 3,954. It said 1,111 people were discharged in the last 24 hours.

The state now has a total of 7,090 active cases while 1,15,186 patients have recovered.

The Health Department said that a total of 28,517 samples were tested for COVID-19.

Oct 15, 2020 23:53 (IST)
Coronavirus News: India Expected To Have Covid Vaccine In Next Few Months, Says Harsh Vardhan
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today said that India is expected to have a COVID-19 vaccine in a few months and the country should be in the process of delivering it to people in the next six months.

"We are very much into the vaccine development the next few months at the most we should have a vaccine and in the next six months we should be in the process of delivering the vaccine to the people of India," he said.
Oct 15, 2020 23:42 (IST)
4 Arrive To Watch Movie In 150-Seat Delhi Theatre As Cinema Halls Reopen
Few bought tickets to view movies in Delhi's cinema halls, which reopened today with Covid-safety protocols after remaining shut for the last seven months. Unnerved by the lackluster footfall, theatre officials said they hope the turnout would increase over the weekend even with no new movies lined up for release.

At a cinema hall in Delhi's Greater Kailash area only four tickets had been sold for the show at 11:30 AM and only five tickets for the afternoon show at 2:30 PM, for which 150 seats were available. Read

Oct 15, 2020 23:40 (IST)
Coronavirus News: 800 Deployed In 3 States, 933 Patients Treated
A total of 813 COVID-19 Care coaches developed by the Indian Railways are currently in use in three states. As many as 900 patients have been treated in them so far, according to data from the national transporter.

As on October 14, there are 503 such coaches stationed in Delhi, 270 in Uttar Pradesh and 40 in Bihar.

Oct 15, 2020 22:33 (IST)
Coronavirus update: 697 cases in Nashik
Nashik's total coronavirus count rose to 87,888 on Thursday with the single-day addition of 697 cases, health officials said.  The virus claimed nine more lives, which took the death toll in the district to 1,564, they said.
Oct 15, 2020 21:20 (IST)
Coronavirus News: 10,226 Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra today
Maharashtra's COVID-19 caseload increased to 15,64,615 today. As many as 10,226 new cases were registered in the state, a health official said, adding, that the state reported 337 deaths due to the infection.  The total death count stands at 41,196 in the state, he said.

Oct 15, 2020 20:22 (IST)
Coronavirus: 8,477 New Cases In Karnataka
The state of Karnataka recorded 8,477 fresh cases of coronavirus and 85 related fatalities today. The new cases took the total number of infections to 7.43 lakh and the toll to 10,283, the health department said on Thursday.
Oct 15, 2020 19:59 (IST)
Coronavirus Update: 1,308 COVID-19 Cases In Madhhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh has reported 1,308 fresh coronavirus positive cases today. The new cases push its caseload to 1,56,584, while 24 fatalities took the toll to 2,710, a health official said.

A total of 1,559 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the state's overall recovery count to 1,39,717.
Oct 15, 2020 19:02 (IST)
"Shanti": WHO Chief Tweets In Hindi With Message On Covid
As the countries continue to register news cases of coronavirus every day, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged the leaders to maintain peace and focus on combatting against the virus and "not the vulnerable".

"It's a pandemic: go after the virus, not the vulnerable," said Mr Ghebreyesus on Twitter. In another tweet, he said, "Shanti" (peace). Interestingly, the WHO Director-General tweeted in Hindi. Read

Oct 15, 2020 18:17 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Ladakh Records 66 Coronavirus Cases
Ladakh today reported 66 new coronavirus cases, taking the infection tally to 5,304, according to an official bulletin on Thursday.

As many as 56 patients have recovered from the disease in a span of 24 hours -- 36 patients in Leh and 20 in Kargil -- the bulletin said.

Oct 15, 2020 17:04 (IST)
Coronavirus: Naveen Patnaik not to celebrate birthday due to COVID-19 situation
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will not celebrate his birthday on Friday in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the state, an official statement said. "I am always indebted to the love and good wishes of the people of Odisha," Mr Patnaik said, according the statement.

Oct 15, 2020 16:09 (IST)
Amid pandemic, a picture giving hope to millions
An old picture of a newborn baby trying to 'remove' her doctor's surgical mask has become a viral hit amid the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic, which began earlier this year, introduced a new normal to the world where several countries have made face masks mandatory while stepping out to reduce the risk of infection. While most people comply with regulations and wear face coverings, these new must-have face accessories have invited anger and criticism for being uncomfortable.


Oct 15, 2020 15:37 (IST)
Coronavirus Update: London Set To Tighten Coronavirus Restrictions From This Weekend
People in UK's capital city of London are facing more stringent coronavirus restrictions due to a rising number of cases, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Thursday.

"It is my expectation that the government will announce today that London will shortly be moving into tier two or the high alert level of restrictions," he told the London Assembly.

Oct 15, 2020 14:51 (IST)
Oxford scientists develop 5-minute COVID-19 antigen test

Scientists from Britain's University of Oxford have developed a rapid COVID-19 test able to identify the coronavirus in less than five minutes, researchers said on Thursday, adding it could be used in mass testing at airports and businesses.

The university said it hoped to start product development of the testing device in early 2021 and have an approved device available six months afterwards.
Oct 15, 2020 14:17 (IST)
COVID-19 doubling time improves: Health ministry

The doubling time of the coronavirus infection has sharply improved from 25.5 days in mid-August to nearly 73 days now, the Health ministry said on Thursday.

Doubling time for COVID-19 is the number of days it takes for the count of cases to double.

In a statement, the Health ministry said 81,514 new recoveries were added in the last 24 hour. With this, the total number of recoveries are nearly 64 Lakh (63,83,441).

"India has come a long way from registering a doubling rate of 25.5 days in mid August to now registering a doubling rate of nearly 73 days (72.8 days)," it said.

Oct 15, 2020 13:49 (IST)
Puducherry adds 245 new coronavirus cases, 570 dead in state

The union territory of Puducherry reported 245 fresh COVID-19 cases while two more deaths pushed the tally to 570, Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao said on Thursday. The 245 new cases were identified at the end of examination of 4,649 samples, he told a virtual press meet.

The Puducherry region had 174 of the new cases followed by Karaikal (39), Mahe (27) and Karaikal (5), he added.

The Minister said that 2.5 lakh samples have been tested so far and it was found that 2.14 lakh samples out of them were negative. Mr Rao said the fatality and recovery rates were 1.75 per cent and 84.24 per cent respectively.
Oct 15, 2020 13:22 (IST)
Ensure all official meetings begin with messages on COVID-19 precautions: Government to all departments

All central government departments have been asked to ensure that official meetings begin with messages on COVID-19 precautions so as to sensitise officers and staff about the pandemic, according to a Personnel Ministry order.

The government has issued several instructions to contain the spread of the coronavirus, it said.

"In continuation, it has since been decided that all central government offices shall ensure that every meeting commences with messages on COVID-19 related precautions, so as to sensitise officers and staff about the pandemic," said the order issued on Wednesday.

The messages may be focused on creating awareness relating to wearing of masks, physical distancing, hand hygiene and strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it said.
Oct 15, 2020 12:59 (IST)
Odisha reports 2,470 new COVID-19 cases, 17 fresh fatalities

Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,62,011 on Thursday as 2,470 more people tested positive for the infection, while 17 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus deaths to 1,089, a health official said.

As many as 1,462 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 1,008 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, he said.
Oct 15, 2020 11:59 (IST)
Cinema halls continue to remain shut in Andhra Pradesh

Cinema halls and multiplex screens remained shut in Andhra Pradesh though the Centre permitted them to reopen to half capacity from Thursday under Unlock 5.0.

Film exhibitors made it clear that they could not resume shows given the various constraints, primarily the steep maintenance costs. Besides the financial burden, the other major issue that is deterring exhibitors from resuming business is the lack of new movies for screening.
Oct 15, 2020 11:50 (IST)
Go after COVID-19 virus, not the vulnerable: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

As the countries continue to register news cases of coronavirus every day, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged the leaders to maintain peace and focus on combatting against the virus and "not the vulnerable".

"It's a pandemic: go after the virus, not the vulnerable," said Ghebreyesus on Twitter.

In another tweet, he said, "Shanti" (peace). Interestingly, the WHO Director-General tweeted in Hindi.

Oct 15, 2020 11:10 (IST)
Arunachal Pradesh's reports 207 new COVID-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 12,768 on Thursday as 207 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus deaths to 29, a senior health official said. 

The state has so far registered 12 coronavirus fatalities this month.
Oct 15, 2020 10:55 (IST)
Cop donates plasma to COVID-19 patient in Maharashtra

A COVID-19 patient urgently requiring plasma approached Thane police for help, following which a cop promptly responded to his request, the city police said.

The police here in Maharashtra received a message on its WhatsApp group about a 65-year-old patient suffering from coronavirus infection urgently in need of B+ve plasma.

After reading the message, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Natrajeshwar Andhalkar, who was posted in the wireless section here, did not waste any time and rushed to the hospital and donated his plasma, the Thane city police tweeted on Wednesday.

Oct 15, 2020 10:28 (IST)
Telangana adds 1,432 fresh COVID-19 cases

Telangana reported 1,432 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 2,17,670 while eight more deaths pushed the toll to 1,249, the state government said on Thursday. 

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 244, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (115) and Bhadradri Kothagudem (99) districts, it said in a bulletin, providing data as of 8 pm on October 14. 

The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1,93,218 while 23,203 were under treatment.

As many as 38,895 samples were tested on October 14. Cumulatively, 37,03,047 samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 99,490, the bulletin said.
Oct 15, 2020 10:19 (IST)
Unlock 5: Punjab schools reopening date to be finalised after SOPs nod by Health Department

Punjab Government has decided to reopen schools, however the date of reopening will be announced after the Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) receive approval from the State Health Department, said Punjab Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla on Wednesday.

Schools in Punjab are shut since March this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, online classes are being conducted.

"Punjab government has decided to reopen schools. SOPs for the reopening have been made and sent for approval of the Health Department. We will announce the date of reopening once the SOPs get approved," Singla said while speaking to media.
Oct 15, 2020 09:31 (IST)
10 new cases push COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to 4,046

The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 4,046 on Thursday as 10 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

Three new patients have travel history, while seven fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, he said.

Fourteen more people have been cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 3,796, the official said.

The Union territory now has 195 active COVID-19 cases, while 55 patients have succumbed to the infection so far, he said.

Oct 15, 2020 08:42 (IST)
Eight new COVID-19 cases in Mizoram, total count at 2,220

Mizoram's COVID-19 count has reached 2,220 with eight new cases, according to the State government on Thursday.

As per the State's Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), the number of active cases in the state stands at 112, while 2,108 patients have been cured and discharged so far. The State has not reported any death due to the disease.

India crossed the nine-crore mark of COVID-19 testing on Wednesday after 11,45,015 tests were conducted for the disease, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Oct 15, 2020 08:24 (IST)
Germany posts record daily increase in coronavirus cases

Germany posted a record daily increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, adding 6,638 cases and bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 341,223, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.

Germany's previous record daily increase was 6,294 on March 28, according to RKI data.Thursday's tally showed the reported death toll rose by 33 to 9,710.

By European standards, Germany has experienced relatively low infection and death rates so far during the pandemic, but new daily cases have jumped in recent weeks and Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned there could be 19,200 infections per day if current trends continue.

Oct 15, 2020 08:06 (IST)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviews COVID situation

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday reviewed the COVID situation and its management in the state with senior government officials and collectors.

The Chief Minister said that Odisha has consistently performed well in the management of Covid. All indicators are better than the national average. New infections are declining in most districts.

The situation has also improved in districts with higher infections such as Cuttack, Khordha and Puri.
Oct 15, 2020 07:46 (IST)
Mainland China reports 11 new COVID-19 cases vs 20 a day earlier

Mainland China reported 11 new COVID-19 cases on October 14, down from 20 a day earlier, the country's health authority said on Thursday. The National Health Commission said 10 of the cases were imported infections originating from overseas, compared with 14 a day earlier. 

One new local infection was reported in Qingdao, where the city government is seeking to test every person this week due to recent cases linked to a hospital treating imported infections
Oct 15, 2020 07:05 (IST)
Coronavirus news: World Health Organization fears rise in deaths after global COVID-19 surge
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned against any complacency in the coronavirus death rate, saying with the increasing number of cases, mortality would also rise.

New cases are hitting 100,000 daily in Europe. Nearly 20,000 infections were reported in Britain, while Italy, Switzerland and Russia were among nations with record case numbers.

While deaths globally have fallen to around 5,000 per day from April's peak exceeding 7,500, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said caseloads were rising in intensive care units.
Oct 15, 2020 06:54 (IST)
COVID-19: Nagaland reports 53 fresh cases, 85 recoveries

The COVID-19 tally of Nagaland went up to 7,416 after 53 more people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, while 85 patients recovered from the infection taking the number of cured people to 5,855, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said.

"53 positive cases of COVID-19 were detected today. Kohima 25, Mon 14, Dimapur 10, Peren 2, and one each in Tuensang and Zunheboto districts," the Minister tweeted.

He also said that 80 patients recovered from COVID-19 in Kohima, three in Dimapur and two in Peren.

Nagaland's recovery rate is 78.95 per cent. The state now has 1,473 active cases, said Additional Director, Health and Family Welfare, Dr Denis Hangsing.

Altogether 27 COVID-19 infected patients have died so far and it is confirmed that 17 of them succumbed to the disease.
Oct 15, 2020 06:41 (IST)
COVID-19: Tripura reports 181 fresh cases, tally rises to 28,859

At least 181 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Wednesday, pushing the tally to 28,859, a health department official said.

The death count rose to 315 with one more person succumbing to the virus, he said.

West Tripura district, comprising state capital Agartala, has accounted for 170 COVID-19 deaths so far.

Tripura now has 3,503 active cases, while 25,018 people have recovered. Twenty-three patients have migrated to other states, the official said.
Oct 15, 2020 06:12 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 1,237 new cases in Pune district
Pune district reported 1,237 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its case count to 3,10,430, a health official said on Wednesday evening.

The death countreached 7,297 with 47 fatalities.

"Of the 1,237 cases, 528 are in Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which has recorded 1,55,595 patients till now.
However, 1,413 patients were also discharged from city hospitals during the day," the official said.
Oct 15, 2020 06:02 (IST)
COVID-19: Germany tightens restrictions to fight virus surge
Germany will introduce tougher measures on gatherings and mask-wearing to fight a surge in coronavirus infections, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday after talks with the heads of Germany's 16 federal states.

Europe's biggest economy will begin imposing limits on people gathering at events as well as mandatory mask wearing at crowded places when new infections in an area reach 35 per 100,000 in seven days, earlier than under the previous yardstick used of 50 per 100,000.

"I am convinced that what we do now in these days and weeks will be decisive for the question of how we come through this pandemic," Merkel said.

"We can see that ... infection rates are rising and that we have a very high infection rate in some regions," she added.

"We must therefore prevent an uncontrolled or exponential increase."
Oct 15, 2020 06:02 (IST)
COVID-19: Karnataka allows cinema halls, multiplexes to open from today
Karnataka government has allowed from Thursday the reopening of cinema halls and multiplexes, with 50 per cent seating capacity.The state government issued guidelines that include Thermal screening, social distancing, Seats that are ''Not to be occupied'' shall be marked as such during booking and proper sanitization.

As per the guidelines, No Exhibition of Film shall be allowed in containment zones.

Film exhibition activities through cinemas/theatres/multiplexes shall be governed as per the prevalent guidelines of Home Department, Health & Family Welfare department, Department of information and public relations and other related departments and District administrations.