Coronavirus Highlights: The centre has issued fresh guidelines for coronavirus lockdown5 as it extended the lockdown till June 30 in containment zones. The centre has given a plan for phased reopening of areas outside containment zones.
India reported 7,964 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, registering its biggest jump since the first case was reported in the country in January. 265 people also lost their life due to the virus during the period, taking the total number of deaths to 4,971, the Health Ministry data showed. Over 1,73 lakh people have tested positive for the virus in the country so far.
This is the second consecutive time that more than 7,000 COVID-19 cases have been detected in a 24-hour period and follows seven straight days of more than 6,000 new cases per day.
Here are the Highlights on Coronavirus Outbreak:
Kerala: Malls gear up to resume operations in Thiruvananthapuram as govt allows their reopening from June 8. Afshin KP, Manager at Mall of Travancore, says, "On each floor, we have appointed an officer who will ensure that customers maintain social distancing". (30.5.2020) pic.twitter.com/sRP58qeOo6- ANI (@ANI) May 30, 2020
With 252 new COVID-19 cases reported in Rajasthan on Saturday, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state has risen to 8,617.
According to the state Health Department, there are 2,685 active cases and 5,739 patients have recovered of which 5,079 patients have been discharged.
With nine deaths due to COVID-19 reported in the state in the last 24 hours, the death toll has risen to 193.
With 246 new COVID-19 cases reported in Rajasthan on Saturday, the total number of positive coronavirus cases in the state has risen to 7,891.
The state Health Department said that 4,444 patients have been cured and discharged.
Nine deaths due to COVID-19 were reported in the state on Saturday taking the total death toll to 343.
1,510 new positive cases of COVID-19 & 54 deaths reported today; the total number of positive cases in Mumbai is now 38,220. Total 1,227 people have lost their lives till date: Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai pic.twitter.com/BV4hBoA9QM- ANI (@ANI) May 30, 2020
A total of 32 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 447 in the state, Chhattisgarh health department said.
One death was also reported in the state.
"With the new cases coming in, there are 344 active cases in the state now," the Department of Health said.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that a total of 390 domestic flights carrying 35,293 passengers operated in India till 5 PM on Saturday.
Domestic services were suspended in India due to a coronavirus lockdown and resumed after a gap of two months on Monday. Indian carriers operated a total of 1,827 flights till Thursday -- 428 on Monday, 445 on Tuesday, 460 on Wednesday and 494 on Thursday. Puri said 513 domestic flights carrying 39,969 passengers operated on Friday.
The nationwide coronavirus lockdown has been extended to June 30, the centre said today and released a list of new guidelines for the fifth phase. Dubbing it "Unlock 1", which will have an economic focus", the home ministry said prohibited activities will be opened in a phased manner outside containment zones.
Aarogya Setu, the contact-tracing app the centre has pushed in its fight against coronavirus, found a mention in the new guidelines released by the home ministry as the lockdown eases.
Although not mandatory, the centre wants companies on their "best effort basis" to ensure the app is installed by employees having compatible phones. Staggering work hours are allowed in offices, shops, markets, and industrial areas however work from home is encouraged, the centre said in its order.
Saying that the app acts as a shield for individuals and the community, the centre reiterated that Aarogya Setu enables early identification of the potential risk of COVID-19 infection. The app evaluates the chances of the user contracting the virus based on location, medical and travel history. Read More
The government today said schools, colleges, coaching centres and other educational institutions will be reopened after discussing the coronavirus situation with the states and Union Territories in July.
"Schools, colleges, educational, training, coaching institutions... will be opened after consultation with states and UTs (Union Territories). State governments and UT administrations may hold consultations at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders. Based on the feedback, a decision on reopening of these institutions will be taken in the month of July, 2020," the Home Ministry said in a statement.
The Health Ministry will make a list of standard operating procedure in consultation with other ministries and departments related to education to ensure social distancing and contain the spread of COVID- 19, the government said in the statement today.
The Home Ministry said all activities will be allowed in areas outside containment zones, except for a select few like malls and restaurants that will reopen in phases and some for which no decision has been taken yet. Read More
10 Facts On Centre's COVID Directives
The coronavirus lockdown has been extended till June 30, but malls and restaurants can reopen from June 8 except in containment zones, or areas sealed because of a large number of virus cases. The new guidelines had been issued based on extensive consultations held with States and Union Territories, the home ministry said.
Here are some of the rules under the new guidelines:
- Night curfew has been relaxed, movement will now be prohibited from 9pm to 5am across the country.
- From June 8, places of worship, malls, restaurants and hotels will be allowed to reopen.
- No restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of people or goods. No separate permission required for this.
- Resuming international flight travel, gyms, metro, bars, theatres and swimming pools to be decided after assessment of the situation. Read
The government today said it will consider restarting international flights, metro trains, cinemas and gyms after the first two phases of lockdown5, which kicks in on June 8 with the opening of places of worship, hotels, restaurants and malls.
The Home Ministry in a statement said based on the situation of the first two phases, the government will decide on the dates for restarting international flights, metro rail, cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, parks, bars, auditoriums and assembly halls.
Regular international and domestic flights were stopped after the lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in late March. This week, the government allowed domestic flights to resume, but with strict social distancing and safety guidelines. Read More
The coronavirus lockdown has been extended till June 30, but malls and restaurants can reopen from June 8 except in containment zones, or areas sealed because of a large number of virus cases.
Night curfew timings in lockdown5 will be changed to 9 pm-5 am from the existing 7 pm-7am.
"The current phase of re-opening, Unlock 1, will have an economic focus," said the guidelines.
The new guidelines had been issued based on extensive consultations held with States and Union Territories, the home ministry said.
All activities banned earlier will be opened up in areas outside Containment Zones in a phased manner, with SOPs to be prescribed by the Health Ministry.
A decision on reopening schools and colleges will be taken in July, after consultations with states, parents and other stake-holders. Read More
No separate permission, approval or e-permit will be required for inter-state or intra-state movement of people and goods, the centre said on Saturday, announcing guidelines for Lockdown5. If a state or Union territory decides to regulate movement, it will be required to publicise their decision in advance, it added.
"However, if a state/union territory, based on reasons of public health and its assessment of the situation, proposes to regulate movement of persons, it will give wide publicity in advance regarding the restrictions to be placed on such movements, and the related procedures to be followed," it added.
The centre today extended the coronavirus lockdown till June 30, but said that malls and restaurants can reopen from June 8 except in containment zones, or areas sealed because of a large number of virus cases. Read More
Night curfew will remain in force from 9 pm to 5 am across the country, the Home Ministry said in a statement, a change from 7 am to 7 pm in lockdown4. People linked to essential services are allowed to move at night.
"Movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9 pm and 5 am throughout the country, except for essential activities," the Home Ministry said.
"Local authorities shall issue orders in the entire area of their jurisdiction, under appropriate provisions of law, such as under Section 144 of CrPC, and ensure strict compliance," the Home Ministry said.
The centre has allowed several activities to reopen outside containment zones in phases, subject to following social distancing and other safety guidelines. Read More
Madhya Pradesh to extend coronavirus lockdown till June 15, says Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, reports news agency ANI
A total of 150 more people were tested positive for COVID-19 in Bihar on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 3,509 in the state.
"150 more COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Bihar, taking the total number of cases to 3,509," State Health Department said.
According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country is 1,73,763, including 86,422 active cases.
The Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) has come up with an ingenious way towards contactless operations amid the spread of coronavirus. The agency has installed foot-operated lift to avoid hand contact with the elevator buttons thereby reducing the possibility of contracting the virus, making it the first metro rail in the country to implement such a measure.
At least 18 mourners, who attended the funeral of a COVID-19 patient, have tested positive for
There won't be a total lockdown in Karnataka tomorrow, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa's office said in a statement today. The state had so far enforced complete lockdown and allowed only essential services every Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Senior medical official at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) along with two other members of the staff have tested positive for COVID-19, informed Delhi Health Department on Saturday.
India witnessed the highest ever spike of 7,964 coronavirus positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 1,73,763, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
In the last 24 hours, 114 police personnel have tested positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra, and one police official has died due to the virus, said Maharashtra Police.
The total number of COVID-19 infected personnel is now 2,325 in the state, while 26 have succumbed to the infection.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra has reported 33,133 COVID-19 positive cases so far.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country is 1,73,763, including 86,422 active cases.
A city corporator in Bengaluru was sent into quarantine on Saturday after he tested positive
The aviation regulator DGCA has said it has ordered a probe into "lapse" after an empty Air India plane flying from Delhi to Moscow returned midway when the pilot was found infected with coronavirus. The state-run carrier's ground team realised the pilot was a COVID-19 patient only after the Airbus A320NEO had taken off, news agency Press Trust of India reported.
The 10 people who tested positive are from three families who live in the containment zones inside its premises. They are among the 190 people living inside the premises who were tested for the virus. The remaining 180 people have tested negative.
Governor Lalji Tandon has also tested negative for COVID-19. (Read full story here)
We have procured large number of beds to treat Corona patients. Though the number of cases are rising, we have sufficient arrangements to treat them. https://t.co/vOm9Vfgx7f- Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 30, 2020
Thirty-seven countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) appealed on Friday for common ownership of vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tools to tackle the global coronavirus pandemic, taking aim at patent laws they fear could become a barrier to sharing crucial supplies."
Delhi: Heavy traffic movement at Delhi-Gurugram border; Police personnel are checking passes and IDs of people commuting through the route. Haryana government has sealed borders with the national capital due to increase in the number of #COVID19 cases. pic.twitter.com/23B5h75v96- ANI (@ANI) May 30, 2020
Delhi: People arrive at the fruit and vegetable market in Okhla to make purchases, amid #COVID19 pandemic. The temperature of people is being checked with the help of a thermometer gun and tickets with token numbers are being given to the buyers at the entry gate. pic.twitter.com/SEy8DBkSXZ- ANI (@ANI) May 30, 2020
Tripura: Over 160 people reached Agartala from Kolkata in a commercial flight yesterday amid #COVID19 induced lockdown. Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport Director VK Seth said, "After March 25, this is the first scheduled domestic flight to land at the airport". pic.twitter.com/EG0CyBcPl4- ANI (@ANI) May 29, 2020