Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra extends lockdown till 30 Sept, relaxes curbs on inter-district travel, hotels

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

FP Staff September 01, 2020 00:03:00 IST
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Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra extends lockdown till 30 Sept, relaxes curbs on inter-district travel, hotels

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09:30 (ist)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Amit Shah discharged from AIIMS post COVID-19 care, say reports

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was hospitalised for post-Covid care, was discharged this morning from Delhi's AIIMS, reports NDTVThe 55-year-old BJP leader had tested positive for coronavirus, which has affected over 35 lakh people in India so far, on 2 August.

According to India Today, in a statement on Saturday , AIIMS had said that Amit Shah had recovered and was to be discharged soon. “Amit Shah, Union Home Minister, is admitted at AIIMS, New Delhi for post-COVID care. He has recovered and is likely to be discharged in a short time," the AIIMS had said.


Aug 31, 2020 - 23:35 (IST)

Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh LATEST Updates

Madhya Pradesh withdraws Sunday lockdown, eases curbs

After the Centre's Unlock 4  guidelines, the Madhya Pradesh government on Monday announced withdrawal of statewide lockdown on Sundays, but cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain shut till 30 September.  Home minister Narottam Mishra said the government has decided that industries can now operate with 100 per cent staff capacity. Besides, no e-passes will be required for entry and exit in the state, he said. The home minister said religious places and shopping malls have been opened while open air theatres will be allowed to function from September 21. However, cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain shut till September 30, he said.


Aug 31, 2020 - 22:49 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab  LATEST Updates

AAP MLA Aman Arora tests positive

Punjab Aam Aadmi Party MLA Aman Arora on Monday said he has tested positive for coronavirus. Arora, who represents the Sunam Assembly constituency, said he had been having body ache since Sunday. "I got myself tested for coronavirus and was found positive on Monday," Arora said. Arora had earlier tested negative on 25 August. He had attended a one-day monsoon session of the Punjab Assembly on 28 August in a PPE kit.

Aug 31, 2020 - 22:29 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal LATEST Updates

West Bengal allows bars to reopen

The West Bengal government allowed bars in the state to reopen from Tuesday by following social distancing and other COVID-related protocols. An order issued by the Excise Department on Monday said that services have to be kept within the stipulated hours of opening of the outlets. Restaurants serving liquor can do so by allowing only 50 percent of total occupancy at a time and following all COVID-19 guidelines, it said.

Aug 31, 2020 - 22:07 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi LATEST Updates

Delhi reports 1,358 new cases, 18 deaths

Delhi recorded 1,358 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the tally to over 1.74 lakh,while the toll mounted to 4,444, authorities said.  Eighteen fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi Health department. However, the number of tests conducted on Monday was 14,389, much lower than the average 20,000 done per day. The tally of activecases on Monday marginally dropped to 14,626 from 14,793 the previous day


Aug 31, 2020 - 21:28 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab LATEST Updates

Weekend lockdown, night curfew to continue in Punjab towns

The Punjab government on Monday said all existing restrictions imposed to combat COVID-19, including weekend lockdown, will be in place in all 167 municipal towns of the state till the end of September. Night curfew will also continue in the cities from 7 pm to 5 am during the same period, it added. The decision has been taken in due consultation with the Centre, as required by the 'Unlock 4.0' guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, an official spokesperson said. There will be a lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays in the municipal areas, while movement of individuals for all non-essential activities shall remain prohibited between 7 pm and 5 am within municipal limits of all the cities of Punjab throughout the week, as per the orders of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Movement of students and others in connection with all kinds of examinations, admission/entrance tests conducted by universities, boards, public service commissions and other institutions has been excluded from the restrictions, the official said. The chief minister has directed district authorities to facilitate the movement of such persons.

Aug 31, 2020 - 21:10 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

Maharashtra lifts curbs on travel, govt office attendance

The Maharashtra government on Monday lifted restriction 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. It said hotels and lodges will be allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity from 2 September, but schools, colleges, cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain closed till September 30. Easing of restrictions came even as Maharashtra continues to registered a record number of new coronavirus cases with no flattening of curve in sight in the state.

Aug 31, 2020 - 19:33 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Centre teams to be sent to four states with increasing COVID-19 cases

Central teams will be deployed in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, which are seeing a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases, the Union health ministry said on Monday.It asserted that the teams will support the states' efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of positive cases. The teams will also guide the states in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up, the ministry said in a statement. Each of the multi-sectoral teams will comprise an epidemiologist and a public health expert. The health ministry said it has decided to deploy high-level central teams to Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha, which are seeing a sudden surge in the number of COVID cases. Some of these states are also reporting high mortality, the ministry said. "The teams will support the states' efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of the positive cases," it said.

Aug 31, 2020 - 18:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Unlock 4: Metro trains, political meets allowed in Karnataka


Metro train services in Bengaluru will resume in a graded manner from 7 September while political, social and religious congregations of up to 100 people will be permitted as part of Unlock-4 guidelines issued by the Karnataka government on Monday.  Schools, colleges and other educational and coaching institutions will remain closed for students till 30 September, while some relaxation has been given for students of classes 9 to 12, the Unlock-4 order issued by Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar in line with the Centre's guidelines said."Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from 7 September, 2020 in a graded manner, by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) or Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs)," it said. The standard operating procedure (SOP) will be issued by MOHUA and Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL).


Aug 31, 2020 - 17:49 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

GDP growth contracted by 23.9% in Q1,

India's GDP growth contracted by 23.9 percent in Q1  (April to June) due to COVID-19 pandemic compared to 3.1 percent growth in previous quarter, reported the Times Of India. The GVA also showed a contraction of 22.8 percent.

Aug 31, 2020 - 17:27 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karnataka  LATEST Updates

DK Shivakumar recovers from COVID-19, discharged

Congress' Karnataka unit  president DK Shivakumar who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 infection has been discharged after recovery, the
hospital treating him said on Monday. "Shivakumar who was admitted to Suguna Hospital, Rajajinagar, since 24 August with complaints of fever and
myalgia has recovered well and discharged from the hospital," Hospital CEO Dr Kiran Kumar B R said in a statement.  The hospitals multidisciplinary team of specialists treated Shivakumar and he responded well to the treatment, it said. Sources close to Shivakumar told news agency PTI that the 58-year-old
leader was discharged this afternoon and is back home.

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

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