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Economic Times | 31 May, 2020 | 12.10AM IST

Coronavirus Updates: Lockdown 5.0 in containment zones till June 30, malls, rest of India to open phased manner from June 1

Hotels, malls and religious places added in breather list released by home ministry.

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12:10 AM

Wrap up: Important highlights from the day

  • 18 new Covid-19 death cases reported in Delhi today: Delhi Government
  • 1163 new positive cases reported in Delhi, taking the total number of cases in the state to 18549. Death toll now stands at 416.
  • 412 new cases, 621 discharged, 27 deaths reported in Gujarat.
  • 177 new positive cases have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir; 52 from Jammu division and 125 from Kashmir division.
  • 2940 new positive cases & 99 deaths have been reported in Maharashtra today
  • Srinagar's highest daily count of 26 COVID-19 positive cases today includes 13 travelers & others are contacts.
  • 262 new cases & 12 deaths (in last 24 hours) reported in UP.
  • TN numbers continue to spike, 938 cases in a day
11:40 PM

Karnataka introduces Covid-19 tracking platform built by Nasscom

  • Nasscom delivered a Covid-19 data tracking platform to Karnataka, helping the state take data-driven measures to control the pandemic.
  • State government said the data analytics based tracker would help in taking important steps to contain and manage pandemic.
  • The platform is based on a plug and play concept, providing the benefit to users to decide which features they want to use and integrate with their existing platform as needed.
11:22 PM

Most recommendations of Delhi govt about lifting lockdown accepted by Centre

  • The national capital is ready resume normal functioning after over two months as most recommendations of the city government's about lifting the coronavirus-triggered lockdown have been accepted by the Centre.
  • The Home Ministry on Saturday said 'Unlock-1' will be initiated in the country from June 8 under which the nationwide lockdown effectuated on March 25 will be relaxed to a great extent, including opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places, even as strict restrictions will remain in place till June 30 in the country's worst-hit areas.
11:19 PM

Gujarat governement announces lockdown easing, bus services to resume

11:15 PM

Lockdown 5 has,in a calibrated way,opened almost everything that it's mentioning in 3 phases.We should ensure work from home as much as possible. Virus is not gone,we've to be careful. It's vulnerable phase & we have to take proper steps.

- Deepak Sood, ASSOCHAM Secy General

11:11 PM

England risks COVID-19 resurgence by ending lockdown too soon, scientific advisers say

One of the slowest countries to lock down, Britain is now one of the worst-hit and is just starting to take tentative steps to reopen parts of the economy, aided by a newly launched track and trace system that is designed to suppress outbreaks.
10:48 PM

252 new positive cases & 9 deaths have been reported in Rajasthan

Total number of cases to 8617, of which 2685 are active cases. The death toll stands at 193: Rajasthan Health Department
10:38 PM

It has been decided to declare GTB Hospital as a designated COVID-19 Hospital with its full bed capacity of 1500 beds: Government of Delhi

10:38 PM

Belgian prince tests positive for coronavirus after attending gathering in Spain.

10:32 PM

In a core committee meeting today, we have decided that curfew will remain in Gujarat from 9 pm till 5 am from June 1. All shops can remain open till 7 pm; no odd-even scheme to be applied.

- Chief Minister Vijay Rupani

10:30 PM

Delhi govt's directions for mortuaries to manage dead bodies of Covid-19 patients

10:28 PM

23 more test positive for COVID-19 in Ladakh, tally reaches 77

10:24 PM

Romania's PM fined over virus lapses at meeting

Romania's prime minister has paid fines totaling about $600 for smoking indoors and holding a meeting in a government building where participants did not follow social distancing rules.
10:22 PM

Tamil Nadu numbers continue to spike, 938 cases in a day

  • 938 new cases of Coronarvirus reported in Tamil Nadu today. Highest single day spike
  • 616/ 938 cases are from Chennai.
  • 687 patients discharged. 6 more Covid19 deaths reported.
  • Total tally- 21,184 cases, 12,000 discharged, 160 deaths.
09:56 PM

Telangana reported 74 new positive cases, taking the total to 2,499.

The state so far suffered 77 Covid deaths, while it saw 1,412 persons cured and discharged.
09:54 PM

262 new cases & 12 deaths (in last 24 hours) reported in UP

Total number of positive cases in the state rises to 7701 and death toll stands at 213: Uttar Pradesh Health Department
09:53 PM

Hoteliers are prepared to open hotels from June 1, but unfortunately it's postponed again.We can't understand benefit of postponing by 1 week. Flights,buses&trains have started&people require rooms to stay. Postponement is unfortunate

- PC Rao, President, Bangalore Hotelier's Association

09:35 PM

262 new Covid-19 cases & 12 deaths (in last 24 hours) in Uttar Pradesh

09:24 PM

Punjab reports 2 more deaths due to COVID-19, 36 fresh cases

09:18 PM

ASSOCHAM Secy General on Unlock 1

09:14 PM

Lockdown extended in WB till June 15; govt allows TV, cinema production from June 1

The West Bengal government on Saturday extended the coronavirus-triggered lockdown in the state up to June 15 with relaxations and conditions. The announcement came ahead of the end of the fourth phase of the countrywide lockdown on May 31. "Government of West Bengal has decided to extend the lockdown for another two weeks i.e. up to 15/06/2020 with further relaxations with conditions," an order from the state government stated. It said that it is felt necessary to continue to implement the lockdown in the affected areas -- containment zones -- to effectively contain the spread of COVID-19 and simultaneously open up activities in other areas for socio- economic revival.
08:59 PM

Srinagar's highest daily count of 26 COVID-19 positive cases today

The count includes 13 travelers & others are contacts. 124+20 travellers tested positive on arrival (in quarantine) account for 53% of total cases. 131 recovered: District Magistrate/Development Commissioner, Srinagar, J&K.
08:42 PM

177 new positive cases have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir

52 from Jammu division and 125 from Kashmir division. Total number of cases stands at 2341 including 1405 active cases: Govt of Jammu and Kashmir
08:41 PM

412 new cases, 621 discharged, 27 deaths reported in Gujarat.

Total 2,05,780 tests carried out so far: Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Gujarat
08:36 PM

In 2nd phase of VandeBharat, Air India operated 3 flights to Toronto &2 flights to Vancouver on which 1343 people returned to India.1417 people flew out of India. 2 flights are scheduled for Toronto on 8 &12 June. We're planning more flights to Canada & US

- Hardeep Singh Puri,Civil Aviation Minister

08:29 PM

2940 new positive cases & 99 deaths have been reported in Maharashtra today

Total number of cases rises to 65,168. The death toll stands at 2197: Maharashtra Health Department
08:24 PM

ICMR advises states to conduct sero-survey to measure Coronavirus exposure in the population using IgG ELISA Test

08:22 PM

Government of West Bengal has decided to extend the lockdown for another 2 weeks i.e. up to 15th June with further relaxations with conditions.

08:13 PM

18 new Covid-19 death cases reported in Delhi today

1163 new positive cases reported in Delhi, taking the total number of cases in the state to 18549. Death toll now stands at 416.
07:59 PM

Lockdown extended till June 30 in Punjab

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced a 4-week extension in the lockdown in Punjab, till June 30, with certain more relaxations, subject to the guidelines of the central government: Punjab Govt
07:49 PM

So what is open from next Monday?

Phase 1 of the Home Ministry's rule book has given the go ahead for religious places of worship, hotels, restaurants and hospitality services and yes, shopping malls. But you will have to wait for a detailed operating plan, to be released by the ministry or the state departments, for a clearer picture.
07:48 PM

What about Metro, movie halls and my local gym?

Dates for restarting Metro, movie halls, gyms and bars will be decided in the third phase. Metro services will remain closed for commuters until further notice, DMRC has announced. This phase will also take a call on sports, entertainment functions and all such events.
07:46 PM

Will I be able to fly abroad?

That will have to wait until further notice. A call on the same will be taken in Phase 3.
07:45 PM

What about night curfews?

Night curfew will remain in force from 9 pm to 5 am across the country, a change from 7 am to 7 pm in lockdown 4.0. People linked to essential services are allowed to move at night.
07:44 PM

Tell me about containment zones?

Lockdown in containment zones continues till June 30. What becomes a containment zone will be decided by the district administration. These zones will see only essential activities. There will be strict contact tracing, surveillance in these zones. States will take a call on details of restrictions in their respective zones
07:43 PM

How about interstate transport?

No restrictions there. You don't need separate permission, approval for such movement. But states can regulate movement if the situation demands so. Trains, domestic flights will continue as per the earlier plan.
07:42 PM

What about schools and colleges?

That is included in phase 2 of the rule book. States and UTs have been asked to come up with a strategy at institution level with parents and other stake holders. If all goes well, we could see children back in schools by July. Again, this would need a detailed operating plan.
07:29 PM

Unrestricted movement of persons and goods [MHA Guidelines]

  • There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods.
  • No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.
  • However, if a State/ UT, 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 movement, and the related procedures to be followed.
07:27 PM

Unlock 1 will be economy focused, no individual movement allowed

The guidelines will come into effect from June 1, 2020 and will be effective till June 30, 2020. The current phase of re-opening, Unlock 1, will have an economic focus.
07:10 PM

Face masks and social distancing norms mandatory

MHA issues national directives for COVID-19 management, including compulsory use of face masks and social distancing norms. Lockdown to continue in Containment zones till June 30, only essential activities allowed
07:03 PM

Educational institutions to remain closed until further notice

Schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc., will be opened after consultations with States and UTs.
07:03 PM

Allowing international air travel, metro rail services yet to be decided

Dates for their opening of International air travel of passengers; operation of Metro Rail; cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks etc will be decided based on assessment of the situation.
07:02 PM

Individual movement strictly prohibited between 9 pm to 5 am

Movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9 pm to 5 am throughout the country, except for essential activities: Ministry of Home Affairs.
06:54 PM

Shrines, hotels and hospitality services to open from June 8

Religious places and places of worship for public; hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services; and shopping malls; will be permitted to open from June 8, 2020. Government to issue further guidelines in this regard.
06:47 PM

58 persons tested positive for COVID-19 today in Kerala, taking the total number of active cases to 624.

06:34 PM

We will be extending the lockdown till June 15 to fight COVID-19.

- Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

06:33 PM

Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000; US President Trump sympathises with families of the victims

06:33 PM

Automobile industry to see double-digit sales decline in FY21: Crisil Research

06:26 PM

India's Covid-19 tally crosses 1.6 lakh; Death toll above 4,600

The nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed 1.6 lakh on Thursday to make India the world's ninth worst hit country by the deadly virus infection, while the death toll went past 4,600 to near China's official count of 4,634 fatalities.
06:22 PM

Hold exams while ensuring infection doesn't spread.

- Maharshtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

06:13 PM

141 new positive cases have been reported in Karnataka from 5 pm yesterday to 5 pm today.

Total number of positive cases in the state to 2922 including 1874 active cases. Total COVID deaths in the state stand at 49: State Health Department
06:12 PM

18 new positive Covid-19 cases & 1 death reported today in Dharavi area of Mumbai.

Total number of positive cases rises to 1733. Death toll stands at 71: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)
06:07 PM

Over 21 lakh migrant labourers have returned to UP: Official

More than 21 lakh migrant labourers have returned to Uttar Pradesh from different parts of the country on over 1,500 special trains so far, a senior state government official said.
05:59 PM

Vaccine to prevent COVID-19 will take long time to be ready.

- Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

05:59 PM

1025 flights handled by airports on Friday: Hardeep Puri

05:52 PM

Experimental COVID-19 test detects coronavirus in 10 minutes: Study

  • Washington: Scientists have developed an experimental diagnostic test for COVID-19 that can visually detect the presence of the novel coronavirus in 10 minutes, an advance that may lead expansion of testing for the virus across the world.
  • According to the study, published in the journal ACS Nano, the test uses a simple assay containing gold nanoparticles to detect a colour change when the virus is present.
  • The researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) said the test does not require the use of any advanced laboratory techniques, such as those commonly used to make multiple copies of the viral genetic material for analysis.
05:51 PM

Jharkhand govt airlifts 180 stranded migrants from Andaman and Nicobar Islands

05:48 PM

On return, immediately after landing all cockpit & cabin crew have been tested&all laid down medical precautions are being taken to ensure their health and safety. Another aircraft has taken off today to operate the Vande Bharat flight Moscow to Delhi: Air India statement

05:39 PM

No data to prove a person once infected with coronavirus has immunity to COVID-19: Russian health expert

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