Coronavirus Highlights: Centre Extends Lockdown Till June 30 With More Relaxations

COVID-19 India Highlights: All activities banned earlier will open up in phases, the home ministry said in new guidelines on Saturday, a day before the current phase of lockdown ends.

Coronavirus Highlights: Centre Extends Lockdown Till June 30 With More Relaxations

India Coronavirus Cases Highlights: 7,964 fresh coronavirus cases reported in last 24 hours. (File)

Coronavirus Highlights: Malls, hotels, restaurants and places of worship can open on June 8 except in areas with the most number of coronavirus cases, the government said today, extending the nationwide lockdown till June 30 with a phased plan to unlock India.

All activities banned earlier will open up in phases, the home ministry said in new guidelines on Saturday, a day before the current phase of lockdown ends.

Strict orders enforced on March 25, when the country went into a total lockdown to break the chain of transmission of the virus, will be limited to containment zones - areas sealed because of a large number of COVID-19 cases - at least till June 30.

Night curfew will stay, but timings will be changed to 9 pm-5 am from the existing 7 pm-7 am.

India reported the biggest single-day jump in the number of new coronavirus patients and those who died due to the highly infectious illness with 7,964 fresh cases and 265 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, which brings the total to 1,73,763 cases, according to the data shared by Union Health Ministry this morning.

Here are the Highlights on Coronavirus Outbreak:

Jun 01, 2020 04:46 (IST)
Maharashtra Permits Film Shootings To Resume
The Maharashtra government has permitted the resumption of shootings for films, teleserials, advertisements, OTT, etc with immediate effect subject to certain terms and conditions.

The move came after the filmmakers, actors and office bearers of the Broadcasting Foundation in Mumbai met Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The Department of Cultural Affairs has issued a government notification in this regard and the shooting of films, television series, OTT series has been allowed with subject to certain terms and conditions, news agency ANI reported.
Jun 01, 2020 03:32 (IST)
Jun 01, 2020 02:23 (IST)
Punjab Allows Places Of Worship To Open From June 8 In Lockdown5
The Punjab government on Sunday issued fresh guidelines for the next phase of lockdown, starting on June 1 and allowed the opening of places of worship besides hotels, restaurants and shopping malls from June 8.

The new guidelines also said the lockdown provisions, however, will remain in force in containment zones till June 30.

The new guidelines came a day after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced a four-week extension of the lockdown till June 30 in Punjab.

As per the guidelines issued by the Punjab Home Affairs and Justice Department, the movement of individuals for the non-essential activities shall remain prohibited from 9 pm to 5 am, news agency PTI reported.
Jun 01, 2020 01:12 (IST)
Jun 01, 2020 00:34 (IST)
198 new cases of COVID-19 and 7 deaths reported in Madhya Pradesh yesterday, taking total number of cases to 8,089 and death count to 350. Number of active cases stood at 2,897 in the state: Madhya Pradesh Health Department
May 31, 2020 23:53 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Places of worship to open in Punjab from June 8

The Punjab government on Sunday issued fresh guidelines for the next phase of lockdown, starting on June 1 and allowed the opening of places of worship besides hotels, restaurants and shopping malls from June 8.

The new guidelines also said the lockdown provisions, however, will remain in force in containment zones till June 30, PTI reported. 
May 31, 2020 23:53 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Places of worship to open in Punjab from June 8

The Punjab government on Sunday issued fresh guidelines for the next phase of lockdown, starting on June 1 and allowed the opening of places of worship besides hotels, restaurants and shopping malls from June 8.

The new guidelines also said the lockdown provisions, however, will remain in force in containment zones till June 30, PTI reported. 
May 31, 2020 23:08 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Kolkata airport issues new set of guidelines for passengers

The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport authorities on Sunday issued a new set of guidelines for passengers availing flights from Kolkata. It asked passengers to reach the airport three hours before departure time since COVID-19 prevention measures such as bag sanitisation and thermal screening will take longer than usual.

The airport hosted 1,745 passengers arriving and 1,219 departing on the third day of resumption of operations on Saturday, it said in its official twitter handle, PTI reported.  
May 31, 2020 22:45 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 11 arrested, owners of 737 vehicles penalized for lockdown violation in Noida

Eleven people were arrested and owners of 737 vehicles penalised across Noida and Greater Noida on Sunday for allegedly violating lockdown norms, Gautam Buddh Nagar police said.

Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) Section 144 is in force in Gautam Buddh Nagar, whose urban areas fall in COVID-19 ''Red Zone'', even as general lockdown curbs continue due to the pandemic.
May 31, 2020 22:06 (IST)
COVID-19 news: Odisha reports highest single-day spike with 129 new cases

Odisha registered its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Sunday after 129 more people, including 119 returnees from other states, tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the state rose to 1,948, he said.

The day also witnessed the recovery of 76 patients from different COVID hospitals.

The total number of recoveries increased to 1,126 while the active cases now stood at 813, the official said, adding that seven persons have died of COVID-19 as on Sunday evening while two others succumbed due to other comorbid conditions.

The recovery cases have been reported from 15 districts. Kendrapara reported highest 17 recoveries, PTI reported. 
May 31, 2020 21:28 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Assam conducts over one lakh tests

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has informed that over one lakh tests for COVID-19 have been done in the State till now.

"Today we have achieved the milestone of conducting more than one lakh COVID-19 tests. Assam has developed the capacity to test 10,000 people per day," State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters.

"With the increased capacity of testing, we would like to reduce institutional quarantine to four days. When we are able to test 10,000 people per day, we will reach the position to release a person from quarantine within four days, which will save public money," added Sarma.

With 56 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Assam on Sunday, the total count of coronavirus cases has reached 1,272 in the State, ANI reported. 
May 31, 2020 21:12 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 11 people who returned to Tripura from Chennai test COVID-19 positive
Eleven people who returned to Tripura from Chennai recently tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of cases in the state to 282, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said on Sunday.

Of the total cases, 172 people have recovered and discharged from hospitals, officials said.

The chief minister said, "810 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in Tripura since last night, out of which 11 were found positive. All of them had returned from Chennai."

Most of the fresh cases in the recent times have been detected among those who returned from outside the state, including Bangladesh, officials said, PTI reported. 
May 31, 2020 21:06 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 61 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Kerala today

Sixty-one new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Kerala on Sunday, taking the total number of active cases in the State to 670, said Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja.

As many as 15 people tested negative, of the total cases reported today, 20 returned from overseas (UAE-eight, Kuwait-five, Oman-four, Saudi Arabia-one, Qatar-one, Maldives-one), 37 from other states (Maharashtra-20, Tamil Nadu-six, Delhi-five, Karnataka-four, Gujarat-one and Rajasthan-one). Four people got infected through contact while Palakkad and Kollam have reported two cases each.

A total of 590 people have recovered and discharged. As many as ten new locations have been declared as hotspots today taking the total number of hotspots in the state to 116, ANI reported. 
May 31, 2020 20:32 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 52 fined for violating lockdown norms in Ladakh

As many as 52 people were fined on Sunday for violating lockdown norms in Leh district of Ladakh, an official spokesperson said.

A joint team of civil and police officers conducted extensive checking of the vulnerable areas of Leh town and its neighbouring areas and collected Rs 26,000 as fine from 52 people for not wearing masks or face covers, PTI reported. 
May 31, 2020 19:52 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Vande Bharat flight departs from Qatar with 154 Indians

An Air India flight under Vande Bharat Mission with 154 stranded Indians on board departed from Qatar on Sunday.

This is the 14th flight from Doha under Vande Bharat's mission which was launched early this month to bring back Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus lockdown, ANI reported. 
May 31, 2020 19:22 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Amid various relaxations, lockdown to continue in UP till June 30

The coronavirus-induced lockdown will remain in force till June 30 in Uttar Pradesh with some relaxations outside the containment zones, said Awanish Awasthi, state's Additional Chief Secretary, Home, on Sunday.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Awasthi said that religious places, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls will reopen from June 8, ANI reported. 
May 31, 2020 18:09 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Delhi records highest single-day spike
Delhi records highest single-day spike of 1,295 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to 19,844. Death count mounts to 473, PTI reported. 
May 31, 2020 18:07 (IST)
Coronavirus update: 56 more test positive for COVID-19 in Assam; total count 1,272
Assam reported 56 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total in the state to 1,272, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Of the 56 cases, 18 are from Lakhimpur, 12 from Barpeta, seven from Udalguri, five each from Baksa and Dhubri, three from Kamrup and two from Dhemaji, PTI repored. 

May 31, 2020 17:22 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Lockdown extended in Telangana till June 30

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has decided to extend the lockdown in the State till June 30. Mr Rao held discussions with Chief Secretary Sri Somesh Kumar, DGP Mahender Reddy and other senior officials against the backdrop of the Centre's issuing new guidelines on the Lockdown. It was decided to implement the relaxations given to the guidelines by the Centre in all the areas except in the Containment Zones. The Chief Minister has instructed the officials concerned to implement strictly the lockdown in the containment zones. He wanted the night-time Curfew to be implemented from 9 PM to 5 AM daily. The shops should be open till 8 PM only, Mr Rao said. He also said that there should not be any restrictions on inter-state travel.

May 31, 2020 17:13 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Maharashtra announces phase-wise relaxations

Phase I (With Effect from 3 June, 2020)

Outdoor activities (cycling, jogging, walking, running) on public open spaces

Activities related to self employed plumbers, electricians, etc allowed

All government offices function on 15% strength

Phase II (With Effect from 5 June 2020)

All markets, shops, except malls and market places permitted to open on odd-even basis

Need to maintain social distancing and shopkeepers liable for that and if not then shop can be closed

Taxis, rickshaws, cab aggregators permitted with 1+2

Phase III (With Effect from 8 June, 2020)

Private offices with 10% strength to operate rest work from home

Intra-district movement allowed with 50% capacity

Inter-district movement not allowed 

Religious places are not allowed to open

Schools other educational institutes are not allowed to open

Metro is not allowed to open

Passenger trains are not allowed to open

Cinema halls, gyms are not allowed to open

Salons, barber shops, hotels, restaurants not allowed to open
May 31, 2020 17:04 (IST)
Coronavirus update: Maharashtra extends lockdown till 30th June
May 31, 2020 17:02 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Maharashtra issues guidelines for employees after offices open in phased manner

Maharashtra Government issued guidelines for its employees to avoid the spread of coronavirus infection after the government offices are being opened in a phased manner, ANI reported. 

"All employees and visitors at the government offices will be screened by a thermal scanner before entering the premises. All employees will have to wear a 3-ply or surgical mask while working in the office all the time," said the state government in its order.

"Windows of the offices will be kept open throughout the day for ventilation. The employee would have to maintain three feet distance from other employees while working," it added.
May 31, 2020 16:22 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Rajasthan Government issues guidelines for the 5th phase of lockdown
May 31, 2020 16:21 (IST)
COVID-19 news: Salons and beauty parlours are allowed to remain open in UP
May 31, 2020 15:47 (IST)
Coronavirus update: Kalkaji temple authorities are taking precautionary steps for its reopening in Delhi
May 31, 2020 15:26 (IST)
May 31, 2020 15:15 (IST)
Bihar extends lockdown till June 30

Bihar has extended the coronavirus lockdown till June 30, a day after the Centre extended the nationwide lockdown with a phased unlocking plan.
May 31, 2020 15:01 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh records 110 COVID-19 cases in a day

Coronavirus cases saw the biggest rise in a single day so far in Andhra Pradesh after 110 cases were added, taking the overall tally to 3,571 while two more deaths were reported, taking the count to 62 today.

Of the new cases reported in the last 24 hours, as many as 98 were those of residents of the state while 12 were from other states, according to the government bulletin.
May 31, 2020 14:43 (IST)
Delhi cop dies of COVID-19

A 52-year-old police official who was tested positive for COVID-19 died today, said Delhi Police.

Earlier on Saturday, another Delhi Police official posted with the crime branch died due to coronavirus.
May 31, 2020 14:15 (IST)
May 31, 2020 13:57 (IST)
Bengal religious institutions say they need more time before opening shrines

The West Bengal government has allowed places of worship of all faiths to reopen from Monday, but authorities of the religious institutions say they will need more time to put in place necessary safety mechanisms before opening the doors of the shrines for devotees.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced reopening of all religious institutions in the state from June 1. The permission, however, put a condition that only 10 people can go inside a shrine at a time.

"We have to put a mechanism in place in consultation with the administration. There are so many safety issues involved. We have to chalk out a system to take into account these factors before opening," Trustee and secretary of the temple, Kushal Choudhury said.

May 31, 2020 13:37 (IST)
May 31, 2020 13:18 (IST)
Delhi has sought Rs 5,000 crore from Centre: AAP

The Delhi government has demanded Rs 5,000 crore assistance from the Centre to be able to pay salaries to its employees, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia says.

Mr Sisodia, who also holds the finance department charge, said the Delhi government requires Rs 3,500 crore per month to pay salaries to its employees and to meet other needs. "However in past two months, our GST collection has been only Rs 500 crore each month. We need at least Rs 7,000 crore to be able to pay salaries to our employees many of whom are discharging frontline duties against the coronavirus epidemic."
May 31, 2020 12:44 (IST)
May 31, 2020 12:21 (IST)
Shiv Sena leader blames "Namaste Trump" event for COVID-19 spread in Gujarat

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut alleged that the event held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to welcome US President Donald Trump in February was responsible for the spread of coronavirus in Gujarat and later in Mumbai and Delhi, which some of his delegates had visited.

According to news agency PTI, Mr Raut also hit out at the Centre saying that the lockdown was implemented without any planning, but now the responsibility of lifting the curbs was left to the states. "It can't be denied that the spread of coronavirus in Gujarat was because of the massive public gathering held to welcome US President Donald Trump. Some of the delegates, who accompanied Trump, also visited Mumbai, Delhi, which led to the spread of the virus."
May 31, 2020 12:02 (IST)
May 31, 2020 11:31 (IST)
May 31, 2020 11:15 (IST)
The poor have suffered the most amid pandemic: PM Modi

PM Modi says the victory over coronavirus will depend on innovations. "A vaccine for the virus has not yet been developed."

"There is no section in our country that is unaffected by the difficulties caused by the disease. However, the worst affected are the poor and the labourers. Their pain, their agony, and their ordeal can't be expressed in words."
May 31, 2020 11:04 (IST)
PM Modi address nation on Mann Ki Baat, talks about coronavirus

PM Modi, on Mann Ki Baat, says: "Last time when I spoke, passenger, air travel were shut. Now all due restrictions have been lifted. We need to follow all COVID-19 protocols more sincerely from now. We face a lot of challenges, yet we have been able to keep coronavirus in check compared to other countries with less population."
May 31, 2020 10:50 (IST)
Maharashtra Government Staff To Have Daily Thermal Screening, Masks Must
Maharashtra issues guidelines for state government employees, daily thermal screening, masks compulsory"
May 31, 2020 10:26 (IST)
May 31, 2020 10:07 (IST)
More than 6 million coronavirus cases reported worldwide

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide topped six million Sunday, with Brazil registering another record surge in daily infections as divisions deepened on how to deal with the pandemic.

Latin American countries are bracing for difficult weeks ahead as the disease spreads rapidly across the region, even as much of the world exits lockdowns that have wrecked economies and stripped millions of their jobs.
May 31, 2020 09:45 (IST)
8,380 coronavirus cases in a day takes count to 1.82 lakh in India

About 8,380 coronavirus cases were reported in India in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 182,143. Till now, 5,164 people have died of COVID-19 in the country.
May 31, 2020 09:05 (IST)
Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till June 30

The Tamil Nadu government has extended the lockdown till June 30 amid coronavirus pandemic, with new set of relaxations including partial resumption of public transport.

The moves comes a day after the Centre released new guidelines for lockdown extension.
May 31, 2020 08:48 (IST)
May 31, 2020 08:18 (IST)
Coronavirus India Unlock 1: Gujarat Announces Lockdown Easing, Allows Bus Services To Resume
The Gujarat government on Saturday night announced further relaxations in lockdown starting next Monday, following the Central government's latest guidelines."
May 31, 2020 06:42 (IST)
Jharkhand recorded highest single-day spike with 72 cases of COVID-19 yesterday, taking total number of cases to 594: Health secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni
May 31, 2020 06:23 (IST)
The United States recorded 960 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, bringing its total to 103,758 since the global pandemic began, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, news agency AFP reported.
May 31, 2020 06:09 (IST)
May 31, 2020 05:41 (IST)
Malls Gear Up For Reopening In Kerala
After the Union Ministry of Home Affairs allowed hotels, malls across the country to open from June 8, except those falling in containment zones, the management at malls in Kerala have been gearing up to ensure all safety precautions are met with as per the Centre's guidelines.

"We all are waiting for the malls to reopen. We have to give a safe environment to the customers, therefore, our staff is busy sanitising the place right now. We have done markings around the mall to ensure that social distancing is followed," Afshin KP, Manager at Mall of Travancore told ANI.
May 31, 2020 05:40 (IST)