Coronavirus India Updates: 'Unlock 4' Guidelines Announced Even As Covid-19 Tally Crosses 34 Lakh
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Coronavirus India Updates: 'Unlock 4' Guidelines Announced Even As Covid-19 Tally Crosses 34 Lakh

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India has announced guidelines for the fourth phase of lifting lockdown restrictions even as the number of coronavirus cases rise unabated.

The ‘Unlock 4’ will be in force till Sept. 30.

Here's what allowed under the fourth phase:

  • Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from Sept. 7 in a graded manner in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will issue the standard of procedures.

  • Social/academic/sports/entertainment/cultural/religious/ political functions and other congregations permitted from Sept 21. with a ceiling of 100 persons.

  • Students of classes 9-12 may be permitted to visit schools, in areas outside the containment zones only, on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents/ guardians.

  • Higher education institutions only for research scholars and post graduate students of technical and professional programmes, requiring laboratory/experimental works. To be permitted by the department of higher education in consultation with MHA.

  • 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.

  • States/union territories can permit up to 50% of teaching and non- teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/ tele-counselling from Sept. 21, outside the containment zones.

  • The Ministry of Health and family welfare to issue SOPs.

  • Open air theatres permitted to open from Sept. 21.

Here's what not allowed under 'Unlock 4'

  • Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutes to remain closed till Sept. 30.

  • Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places to remain closed.

  • Internal air travel of passengers, expect as permitted by the MHA.

Besides, the National directive for Covid-19 management to be followed throughout the country, while ensuring social distancing. Shops need to maintain adequate social distancing among customers. The MHA to monitor the effective implementation of national directive.

Assam Facing Financial Stress Due To Covid-19 Situation

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said the state is gradually facing financial stress because of huge expenditure incurred while dealing with the Covid-19 situation, including treatment of the patients.

He announced the withdrawal of some of the free services offered to Covid-19 patients like reaching them to their homes after discharge from hospitals and levied charges on dedicated cabins. Also all paying cabins in government hospitals, which had been made free for Covid-19 patients, will resume being charged ones from now on to mitigate the financial crisis of the state.

(Source: PTI)

Covid-19 Cases In Goa On Rise Since Ganesh Chaturthi: Sawant

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday claimed that coronavirus cases in the coastal state were on the rise since Ganesh Chaturthi, and this was because people violated safety norms during the festival.

There has been a spike in cases, as people did not wear masks or follow social distancing norms during the festivities, Sawant said.

"We have noticed that the number of Covid-19 cases have increased after Ganesh Chaturthi. Daily count was hovering around 150 cases per day before the festival, but now there has been a rise," Sawant said.

(Source: PTI)

India's Covid-19 Recoveries Go Past 26 Lakh, Fatality Rate Drops To 1.81%: Health Ministry

India's Covid-19 recoveries have crossed 26 lakh, pushing the recovery rate to 76.47%, which the centre said has been made possible due to the strategic policy of "testing aggressively, tracking comprehensively and treating efficiently" in supervised home-isolation, facility-isolation and hospitals.

The case fatality rate has also been low when compared to the global average. It is on a continuous decline and currently stands at 1.81%, the ministry underlined on Saturday.

(Source: PTI)

Amit Shah Has Recovered, To Be Discharged In Short Time: AIIMS

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was admitted to AIIMS in New Delhi on Aug. 18 for post-Covid care, has recovered and is likely to be discharged in a short time, hospital authorities said on Saturday.

On Aug. 2, Shah, 55, had said on Twitter that he had tested positive for Covid-19. He had undergone treatment for the coronavirus infection at Medanta Hospital and was discharged after he tested negative for the disease.

According to an earlier statement by AIIMS, he was admitted to the hospital on Aug. 18 following complaints of fatigue and body aches, days after his discharge.

(Source: PTI)

Telangana Reports 2,751 Fresh Covid-19 Cases, Nine Deaths Push Toll Past 800-Mark

Telangana logged 2,751 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the tally to 1,20,166, while the death toll rose to 808 with nine more fatalities.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation recorded 432 fresh positive cases, followed by Karimnagar (192), Rangareddy (185), Nalgonda (147), Khammam (132), Medchal Malkajgiri (128), Nizamabad (113), Suryapet (111) and Warangal Urban (101) districts, a state government bulletin said on Saturday.

  • All 33 districts in the state reported positive cases in double digits.

  • Aggressive testing continued in the state with as many as 62,300 samples being tested on August 28.

  • Cumulatively, 12,66,643 samples have been tested.

  • The samples tested per million population was 34,117.

  • The case fatality rate in the state was 0.67%, while it was 1.81% at the national level.

  • The total number of people who have recovered from the infectious disease so far stood at 89,350 while 30,008 were under treatment.

  • The recovery rate in the state was 74.3 per cent in the state, while it was 76.49 per cent in the country.

(Source: PTI)

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