Coronavirus Updates: Hotels and lodges will be allowed to operate at full capacity from 2 September, but schools, colleges, cinema halls and swimming pools will remain closed till 30 September
Coronavirus LATEST Updates: The Maharashtra government on Monday lifted restrictions on inter-district movement of
persons and goods, and raised attendance in its offices as it announced a slew of relaxations while extending the general COVID-19 -enforced lockdown in the state till 30 September.
Complete lockdown will be imposed across West Bengal on September 7, 11 and 12 to contain the spread of COVID-19 , said Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha.
Restrictions on the outdoor movement of people during weekends will continue in Noida and Greater Noida till 30 September due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar district, an order stated on Monday.
India records 78,512 new cases and 971 deaths in 24 hours. The country’s tally stands at 36,21,245 and toll at 64,469.
A week after India's coronavirus cases crossed 30 lakh, the total cases on Sunday raced past 35 lakh, with a record single-day spike of 78,761 cases. This is also the biggest single-day spike in the world since the pandemic began, according to news agency The Associated Press.
India's COVID-19 caseload went from 20 lakh to 30 lakh in 16 days and from 10 lakh to 20 lakh in 21 days. It took 110 days for COVID-19 cases in the country to reach one lakh while just 59 days more to surpass 10 lakh, India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August and went past 30 lakh on 23 August.
The grim record of highest daily cases comes a day after the Central government announced Unlock-4.0 guidelines, allowing further loosening of restrictions outside containment zones. As per the fresh guidelines, states cannot implement localised lockdowns outside containment zones without first consulting the Centre.
In keeping with the Unlock-4 rules, the Haryana government withdrew its 28 August order directing malls and shops in marketplaces of urban areas in the state to remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and eased curbs imposed earlier.
Tamil Nadu extended lockdown till 30 September but announced furthers relaxations, including scrapping of e-passes and canceling Sunday lockdowns. The state government also allowed clubs, hotels, parks and places of worship to reopen.
Meanwhile, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh reported their highest daily jumps in cases while Gujarat's case count surpassed 95,000. Maharashtra reported 16,408 and 296 fatalities, taking the total to 7,80,689 and toll to 24,399.
With more than 10,000 new cases detected for the fifth straight day, Andhra Pradesh overtook Tamil Nadu to reach the second spot behind Maharashtra.
Recovery rate now 76.61%, fatality rate at 1.79%, says health ministry
As per the health ministry's data updated at 8 am, India witnessed a surge of 78,761, propelling its total caseload to 35,42,733. The country has been registering over 70,000 cases for the last four days.
The toll due to the disease rose to 63,498 with the death of 948 people in a span of 24 hours. The recovery rate improved to 76.61 percent with 64,935 patients recuperating from COVID-19 in 24 hours. A total of 27,13,933 persons have recovered so far and the country now has 7,65,302 active cases, the data showed.
Active cases now comprise only 21.60 percent of the total caseload, the ministry highlighted while adding that case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.79 percent.
Over 4.14 crore samples tested so far, says ICMR
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 4,14,61,636 samples have been tested up to 29 August, with a record 10,55,027 samples being tested on Saturday.
The exponential jump in daily testing capacity and the number of tests has resulted in an upsurge in Tests Per Million to 30,044 as on date, the health ministry said.
Tamil Nadu does away with Sunday lockdowns, e-pass system
Following the Centre's Unlock 4 guidelines, Tamil Nadu on Sunday announced major relaxations including the resumption of bus services and reopening of hotels, resorts and shopping malls from 1 September while extending the lockdown till 30 September. According to a News18 report, the requirement of e-pass for intrastate travel has also been scrapped but e-passes will be mandatory for those arriving in the state and for visitors to Udhagamandalam, Kodaikanal, and other tourist attractions.
Metro services in Chennai will restart from 7 September and a total of 50 flights will be allowed to land at Chennai airport per day. Playgrounds and public spaces can be used for exercising said the state government. Malls have been allowed to re-open but theatres will remain shut.
Intra-district bus services (both government and private) and Chennai Metropolitan bus services will be operated from 1 September by following Standard Operating Procedure.
Inter-State rail services will be allowed only in select routes and no intra-state services permitted until 15 September.
Industries, government offices and banks will be allowed to function with full staffing but work-from-home has been advised wherever possible.
Other relaxations include the scrapping of "total lockdown" on Sunday and allowing shops outside containment zones to stay open till 8pm.
Haryana issues orders under Unlock-4
The Haryana government, too, revoked its recent order on keeping marketplaces in urban areas shut on Mondays and Tuesdays instead of the weekends.
"Under Unlock-4, the Central government has said that state governments shall not impose any local lockdown (outside containment zones), so the Haryana government has withdrawn the order issued on August 28 to keep the markets closed on Monday and Tuesday. Therefore, there will be no lockdown now," Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij tweeted in Hindi.
The revised instructions on 28 August had come a week after the government had ordered offices and shops to remain closed on weekends throughout the state.
The state government also issued orders to implement the guidelines of Unlock-4. These orders will remain in force till 30 September, a state government statement said.
As per the guidelines, all activities will be permitted outside the containment zones, but schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students up to September 30. However, online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
In line with then MHA guidelines, students of Classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit schools and skill and entrepreneurship training will also be permitted. These will be allowed from 21 September and SOPs will be issued by the Centre.
Social, academics, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons will be permitted from 21 September, with precautionary measures in place. However, marriage-related gatherings with number of guests not exceeding 50 and funeral/last rites related gatherings with number of persons not exceeding 20 will continue to be allowed up to 20 September, after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply, the order stated.
Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places will remain closed but open air theatres can open from 21 September, the statement said.
Lockdown shall remain in force in the containment zones till 30 September.
Andhra Pradesh overtakes Tamil Nadu
Meanwhile, several states continued reporting newer cases and deaths. With the addition of 10,603 fresh cases in 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday, Andhra Pradesh's coronavirus caseload reached 4,24,767. The state is now second only to Maharashtra in the total number of infections recorded, according to news agency PTI.
The overall toll mounted to 3,884 while the total recoveries stood at 3,21,754, according to a state health bulletin. The number of active cases in the state is now just short of the one-lakh mark, at 99,129.
Tamil Nadu on Sunday registered 6,459 new cases and 94 deaths, pushing the tally to 4,22,085 and death count to 7,231.
Delhi, Madhya Pradesh see record spikes in fresh cases
Delhi recorded its highest single-day spike of 2,024 fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total to over 1.73 lakh, while the toll mounted to 4,426 with 22 fresh fatalities, authorities said. This is the highest single-day spike in the national capital in the last nearly 50 days, according to PTI.
A total of 1,249 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, said a Delhi government bulletin. The number of containment zones has gone up to 820 from 803 the previous day.
Madhya Pradesh also saw its highest single-day surge of 1,558 COVID-19 cases, taking the count of infections in the state to 62,433, The toll rose to 1,374 with 29 patients succumbing to the viral infection since Saturday evening.
Maharashtra reported 16,408 new cases and 296 deaths while Gujarat's overall case count shot up to over 95,000.
With inputs from agencies