Coronavirus India Updates: Covid-19 Cases Cross 35,000 As India Extends Lockdown For Two More Weeks
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India rose past the 35,000-mark on Friday as the government said it will extend the nationwide lockdown beyond May 4 for two more weeks.
The home ministry has issued an order to extend the lockdown. However, it has also said that new guidelines will be issued to regulate some activities during this period based on the risk profile of each district.
India reported 1,755 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 35,365, according to the health ministry’s 5 p.m. update. This includes 9,065 patients who've been discharged and 1,152 who’ve died.
Over the last 24 hours, India has seen 692 recoveries and 77 deaths.
India’s health ministry today said that lockdown will continue in India’s metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad even after the government relaxes restrictions from May 4.
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Railways Extends Cancellation Of All Trains
The Indian railways has extended cancellation of all passenger train services till May 17.
- Movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places to be carried out by Shramik special trains
- Freight and parcel train operations to continue.
Source: Ministry of Railways
Liquor And Paan Shops To Be Allowed In Green Zones
Liquor stores and paan shops will be allowed to function in green zones while ensuring proper social distancing norms, ANI reported citing order by Ministry of Home Affairs.
Lockdown To Be Extended Beyond May 4
India’s nationwide lockdown will be extended for two more weeks after May 4.
There will be no movement between states allowed during this time, although authorities will partially relax measures in areas where no new coronavirus infections have been reported, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement on Friday.
Industrial establishments in urban areas, including special economic zones, will be allowed to operate, as well as manufacturing units for essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals and medical devices and IT hardware production, the ministry said. Private offices and government departments can operate with 33 percent capacity.
Districts have been identified as red, orange or green zones based on the status of the Covid-19 outbreak there. Green zones are with no confirmed cases in the last 21 days. Red zones are the ones with the most active cases and a faster doubling rate. Orange zones are that fall under neither of the two categories.
Check if your district falls under a red, orange or a green zone in the document attached.
India Adds 1,755 New Cases
India added 1,755 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 35,365.
- Active cases: 25,148
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 9,065
- Deaths: 1,152
Railway Announces 6 Trains For Stranded Workers, Students
The railways said it will run “Shramik Special” trains from Friday to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to the nationwide lockdown that came into force from March 25.
It has already run the first such train with 1,200 passengers from Hyderabad to Jharkhand at 4:50 am on Friday.
The railways announced six trains -- Lingampally to Hatia, Nasik to Lucknow, Aluva to Bhubaneswar, Nasik to Bhopal, Jaipur to Patna and Kota to Hatia.