‘Unlock 1’ comes into effect on Monday even as State governments came out with varied guidelines, including on allowing inter-State travel. States like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana extended the lockdown till June 30 with several relaxations.
India is now the seventh most-affected nation in the global COVID-19 tally, with over 1.9 lakh cases and 5,400 deaths.
Here are the latest updates:
2.25 pm | Manipur
Seven new COVID-19 cases in Manipur
Seven migrant workers who recently returned to Manipur have tested positive for COVID- 19, taking the total number cases in the state to 78.
Of the total 78 COVID-19 cases, 67 are active as 11 persons have recovered.
The State, which was declared COVID 19-free on April 19, recorded a surge in the number of cases with migrants from other parts of the country returning home. – PTI
2 pm | Andhra Pradesh
105 new coronavirus cases reported in Andhra Pradesh
Coronavirus hit the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat on Monday with two government staff testing positive, even as 105 fresh cases were added in the State, taking the overall count to 3,674.
The COVID-19 toll mounted to 64 with two deaths reported from Kurnool district, according to the latest government bulletin.
According to the bulletin, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases within AP was 3,118, that of foreign returnees 112 and those from other States 446.
Of these, 2,169 people of the State had recovered and got discharged from hospitals, including 34 in the last 24 hours, while 197 patients from other States also recovered. – PTI
1.40 pm | Kerala
Inter-district KSRTC services likely in Kerala
The transport department has favoured resuming inter-district services of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation and private stage carriers.
A high-level meeting chaired by Transport Minister A. K. Saseendran on Monday decided not to commence Inter-State services now in view of the spurt in COVID-19 cases, following the influx in arrivals via State borders, airports and railway stations.
The fares for the inter-district services will go up as in the case of inter-State services that have already commenced from May 20. Only 50% of the sanctioned load will be allowed in the inter-district services. Commuters will not be allowed to stand and travel. Face masks will be compulsory for all travellers.
1.20 pm | Assam
22 more test positive for COVID-19 in Assam; total cases rise to 1,361
Assam has reported 22 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infected to 1,361, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday.
Fourteen fresh cases were reported from Dibrugarh district, four from Dhemaji, three from Tinsukia and one from Charaideo, he said.
Assam currently has 1,169 active COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment in different hospitals across the State. A total of 185 people have recovered, four succumbed to the disease, and three migrated. – PTI
12.50 pm | India
Violence against COVID-19 frontline workers not acceptable, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that violence, abuse and rude behaviour against frontline workers fighting COVID-19 were not acceptable.
The Prime Minister participated in an online inauguration from New Delhi. He said that the government had taken steps to protect those on duty. “Due to mob mentality, those on duty — doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers — are subjected to violence,” he said.
He also said that insurance cover of ₹50 lakh had been provided to those on the frontline. The Prime Minister also said that there was a need to focus on humanity-centric development in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
12.20 pm | Delhi
Delhi borders to be sealed for a week
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a press conference, said that Delhi’s borders will be sealed for a week, with an exception to essential services.
“Today I am here to seek your suggestions on a very important question: should Delhi’s borders be opened?” said Mr. Kejriwal. “Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly in the city; but, as I have said earlier, it is a cause for concern but not panic,” he said.
“There has been significant improvement in the health infrastructure in Delhi over the last five years. Treatment is free in Delhi hospitals. If we open the borders then people from all over the country will come here for treatment like the usually do. Some people believe that borders should be opened but it’s hospitals should be reserved for its own citizens. That it’s hospital beds should be used only by the citizens of Delhi till the coronavirus concern abates. We need your suggestions on this,” he says.
Here are the salient points from the presser:
– Delhi government allows barber shops and salons to open. Spas will not be allowed though.
– All shops can open now.
– There will be restrictions on movement from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
– Delhi borders will be sealed for a week. Essential services will be allowed. Government employees will be allowed if they show their ID cards.
12.10 pm | Rajasthan
Four more COVID-19 deaths in Rajasthan; death toll rises to 198
Four more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Rajasthan on Monday, taking the total number of fatalities due to the disease to 198 in the State, officials said.
The number of novel coronavirus cases increased to 8,980 after 149 people tested positive for the infection, they said.
Two deaths were reported from Jaipur and one each from Baran and Bikaner districts on Monday, the officials said.
Of the fresh 149 positive cases, the highest of 44 cases are from Bharatpur, 32 from Jaipur, 27 from Baran, 21 from Pali, 10 from Kota, five from Jhalawar, four from Jhunjhunu, three from Sirohi, two from Dausa and one from Tonk, they said.
The officials said 5,325 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals so far. There are 2,742 active cases in the State as of now, they said. – PTI
12 pm | India
501 domestic flights carrying 44,593 passengers operated on Sunday: Puri
A total of 501 domestic flights carrying 44,593 passengers operated in the country on May 31, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Monday.
Indian carriers operated a total of 3,370 flights till May 31 — 428 on May 25, 445 on May 26, 460 on May 27, 494 on May 28, 513 on May 29 and 529 on May 30.
“Domestic operations on 31st May 2020 (Day 7) till 2359 hrs. Departures 501. 44,593 passengers handled. Arrivals 502. 44,678 passengers handled,” Mr. Puri tweeted on Monday. – PTI
11.50 am | Tamil Nadu
State buses to ply in TN with 60% capacity from today
Bus services will resume in a limited manner from Monday in Tamil Nadu, except in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpattu districts, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced.
Classifying the State into eight zones for the purpose of bus services, he said that 50% of the Transport Corporations’ fleet would be operational in six zones, with 60% occupancy. No public transport would be available in zones VII and VIII (Chennai and three nearby districts).
11.40 am | India
200 special trains start operations from today
The Railways began operations of 200 special trains from Monday and more than 1.45 lakh passengers are expected to travel on the first day. These services are in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 Special AC trains being run since May 12.
In order to ensure physical distancing and COVID-19 precautions, the Railways has asked passengers to reach the station at least 90 minutes before departure and only travellers with confirmed or RAC tickets will be allowed to enter railway station.
All travellers will be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.
11.30 am | Mumbai
Senior ICMR scientist tests positive for coronavirus
A senior scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has tested positive for novel coronavirus following which the entire ICMR building is being sanitised, sources said.
The scientist, who is from Mumbai, had come to Delhi few days ago and tested positive for the virus on Sunday morning. The scientists is from the National Institute for Research in Reproductive health in ICMR, Mumbai.
The ICMR building will be sanitised and fumigated for two days, a source said.
The scientist had last week attended a meeting in which ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava among others were present. – PTI
11.20 am | Puducherry
Four new cases in Puducherry, including Chennai resident
Four persons, including a resident of Chennai, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Puducherry, taking the active cases to 50.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory is 73 of which 23 people have been discharged.
11.10 am | Delhi
Delhi airport sets up dedicated area to sanitise cabs before pick up
The Delhi airport has set up a dedicated area at the entry point of its parking zone to ensure cabs coming there to pick up passengers are thoroughly sanitised, according to a Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) statement.
Radio taxi services like Mega and Meru and app-based cab aggregators like Uber and Ola have a designated area at the airport’s arrival floor’s parking zone.
Explaining the disinfection process, DIAL said its sanitisation personnel use a specially developed fumigation machine to spray disinfectant inside the vehicle. – PTI
Back to the grind…
10.50 am | Odisha
156 new cases in Odisha
Detection of 156 more COVID-19 cases takes Odisha’s total COVID-19 case count to 2,104 on Monday.
Active cases stand at 969, while 1,126 has recovered. Nine people have died so far – seven of COVID-19 and two of other ailments, State Health Department said.
10.20 am | China
China reports 32 new coronavirus cases
China has reported 32 new coronavirus cases, including 16 asymptomatic infections, the health authority said on Monday.
According to the China’s National Health Commission (NHC), a total of 16 imported cases were reported on Sunday. Eleven were reported in Sichuan Province, three in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and two in Guangdong Province.
Also on Sunday, 16 new asymptomatic cases were reported in the country taking the total number of people under medical observation to 397, the NHC said. – PTI
10 am | India
India registers biggest single-day spike of 8,392 COVID-19 cases; total rises to 1,90,535
The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 5,394 and the number of cases climbed to 1,90,535 in the country, which registered biggest single-day spikes of 230 deaths and 8,392 cases till Monday 8 am, according to the Union Health Ministry.
India is the seventh worst-hit nation by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 93,322 while 91,818 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the ministry said.
“Thus, around 48.19% patients have recovered so far,” a senior health ministry official said. – PTI
9.30 am | Hong Kong
Hong Kong reports first local COVID-19 cases in 2 weeks
Hong Kong has confirmed its first locally transmitted coronavirus cases in more than two weeks, fuelling concerns over its spread as restrictions on movement are relaxed.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said on Sunday it was investigating two confirmed cases of coronavirus, taking the number of cases so far to 1,085. Four people have died of the disease in Hong Kong.
The global financial hub last reported a locally transmitted case on May 14, when a 62-year-old man with no travel history was confirmed with coronavirus.
9.10 am | Bihar
The total number of COVID-19 cases touched 3,807 in Bihar on Monday morning. The death toll in the State is 23, and 1,520 people have recovered so far.
8.50 am | Italy
Italy to lift curbs on travel for tourism
Italy registered 355 new coronavirus cases and 75 deaths, some of the lowest such numbers since the nation’s lockdown against the pandemic began in early March.
Italy now totals 2,33,019 known cases of COVID-19 and 33,415 deaths.
But health experts say many people with no or mild symptoms likely didn’t get tested and note that many died in residences for the elderly or in their own homes also without being tested for the virus.
The latest figures from the health ministry come three days before Italy lifts a lockdown rule against travel for tourism between Italian regions and from most European countries. – AP
What is herd immunity?
Could exposure to the coronaviruses that cause the common cold help protect against COVID-19? Is herd immunity closer than previously thought?
8.30 am | India
Different States, different guidelines
The Home Ministry, while lifting the restrictions on Saturday under ‘Unlock 1’, had said that governments of States and union territories will be free to regulate movement for public health reasons, provided they give wide publicity to the restrictions in advance.
Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu: continue with the curbs till June 30 with partial relaxations
Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Telangana: allows conditional inter-State movement
Karnataka: allows inter-State movement with mandatory health screening and home quarantine
Uttar Pradesh: no ban on interstate travel, but Noida-Delhi border to stay sealed except for exempted services, people
Punjab: no restriction on inter-state movement; use of COVA app and self-generated ‘e-pass’ mandatory
Madhya Pradesh: no need of e-passes for inter-State travel in personal vehicles; decision on re-starting inter-State public transport to be taken on June 7
Chhattisgarh: inter-State travel without requisite permission prohibited
Odisha: resumption of inter-State bus services expected soon
8 am | USA
U.S. records 598 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins
The United States recorded 598 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, bringing its total to 1,04,356 since the global pandemic began, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
The country has officially logged 17,88,762 cases of the virus, far more than any other nation, the tracker by the Baltimore-based university showed at 8:30 p.m.