Coronavirus Live News Updates: With 1.14 lakh new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the total caseload in India rose to 2,88,09,339, the Union Health Ministry said
Total cases: 2,88,09,339
Total discharges: 2,69,84,781
Active cases: 14,77,799
With COVID cases declining, Delhi will see further relaxation in lockdown, including reopening of markets and malls and resumption of metro services, from June 7 while Maharashtra will implement a five-level plan to ease curbs based on weekly positivity rate and occupancy of oxygen beds in districts.
Even as the COVID situation has relatively improved in most of the northern and western states, southern and eastern parts of the country are still reporting a high number of cases.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin announced the extension of the lockdown by a week till June 14 with some easing of restrictions from Monday, except in 11 districts where the number of new cases reported was still high.
Earlier, neighbouring Karnataka had extended the lockdown till June 14. Himachal Pradesh and Goa also extended the ‘Corona curfew’ till June 14.
In Goa, shops selling essential items are allowed to operate between 7 AM and 3 PM every day. Himachal Pradesh had earlier eased curbs including those related to the opening of shops, restaurants and eateries.
Almost all states and Union Territories have extended the curbs which they first started imposing in mid-April as the second COVID wave hit the country, though some have begun to cautiously ease restrictions in June.
The Uttar Pradesh government announced relaxations in the coronavirus curfew in Bareilly and Bulandshahr districts from Monday, allowing shops and markets outside the containment zones to open for five days a week.
With this, the number of districts where the restrictions have eased as the count of active cases has fallen below the 600-mark has reached 67, out of the 75 districts.
In the national capital, where the unlock’ process began from May 31, the Delhi Metro will operate at 50 percent capacity and markets and malls will open on an odd-even basis from June 7, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday.
The lockdown in Delhi, which was to end at 5 AM on Monday, will be extended further but several relaxations will be allowed, Kejriwal said during an online briefing.
Government and private offices will be allowed to reopen with 50 percent attendance. Markets and malls will be allowed to open on an odd-even basis from 10 AM to 8 PM, he said.
In the worst-affected Maharashtra, cities and districts, which have a positivity rate of below five percent and the oxygen bed occupancy of less than 25 percent, will open up completely, according to a government notification.
But restrictions of varying degrees will remain in cities and districts where the positivity rate is five percent and oxygen bed occupancy is 25 to 40 percent, where the positivity rate is five percent to 10 percent and the oxygen bed occupancy is more than 40 percent and where positivity rate is 10 to 20 percent and oxygen bed occupancy is more than 60 percent.
In the fifth category, where the positivity rate is more than 20 percent and the oxygen bed capacity is more than 75 percent, only essential shops will remain open till 4 PM and office attendance will be 15 percent.
The Rajasthan government also issued guidelines on Monday to start the “unlock” process by easing certain restrictions from June 2.
India reported 1,20,529 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest single-day rise in infections in 58 days, taking the infection tally to 2,86,94,879, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.
The death toll from COVID-19 climbed to 3,44,082 with 3,380 new fatalities, while the number of active cases was recorded below 20 lakh for the fifth consecutive day.
India reported more than 88.82 lakh coronavirus infections in May alone during the raging second wave of COVID-19 , accounting for 31.67 percent of the over 2.8 crore cases reported in the country so far and making it the worst month of the pandemic.
The month of May also saw 1,17,247 fatalities due to the disease, which is around 35.63 percent of the total 3,29,100 deaths recorded so far.
The daily cases peaked on May 7 when the country registered 4,14,188 infections in a span of 24 hours, while daily deaths were the highest on May 19 with India reporting 4,529 fatalities due to COVID-19 .
The active cases had peaked on May 10 at 37,45,237.
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