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Covid-19 highlights: Maharashtra CM rules out relaxing restrictions in red zones

Lockdown 4.0 has come into force from Monday and will continue till May 31 to stop the Covid-19 from spreading. But, there have been many relaxations in the lockdown rules including allowing states to grade the zones.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: May 18, 2020 23:41 IST
Covid-19 highlights: Maharashtra CM rules out relaxing restrictions in red zones

The fourth phase of nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease Covid-19 begins today and will continue till May 31. However, many of the stringent restrictions that were in place till now have been lifted including that on interstate and intrastate travel. The Centre has also allowed states governments to grade zones based on the prevalence of Covid-19 cases.

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In fresh guidelines, the home ministry also allowed the resumption of app-based cab services; gave permission to the functioning of all shops, markets and commercial establishments except those in malls; and eased curbs on private offices that were previously allowed to function with 33% staff strength. However, Metro services and air travel, will still not be allowed.

Globally, the coronavirus has killed at least 313,611 people and infected at least 4,680,700, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.

Here are the latest updates on coronavirus:

05:42 PM IST

All shops to re-open with odd-even formula, says Delhi CM Kejriwal

Private offices can open at full strength but they should try that most of the staff works from home. Markets can open but shops will open on odd-even basis. Sports complexes & stadiums can open but without spectators: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

05:42 PM IST

Delhi retains curfew, masks compulsory in lockdown 4.0

Barber shops, spas and saloons to remain closed for now. Stepping out of homes between 7 pm to 7 am, except for essential services will be prohibited. Taxis & cabs will be allowed but only 2 passengers at a time in a car: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

05:41 PM IST

Only 50 guests in weddings, 20 people allowed in funerals in Delhi

05:40 PM IST

Construction work allowed in Delhi, trans-border workers not allowed

Construction activities are allowed in the national capital now but only with labourers who are in Delhi right now, says CM Kejriwal

05:40 PM IST

Shops in Delhi not following social distancing to be shut down

05:39 PM IST

Govt, private offices allowed to operate in Delhi

05:39 PM IST

Vehicles allowed to ply in Delhi

05:38 PM IST

Only 20 passengers allowed in buses in Delhi, all passengers to be screened

05:38 PM IST

Sport stadiums to open in Delhi, no spectators allowed

05:38 PM IST

Taxi, cabs allowed with just 2 passengers in Delhi

Taxis with 2 passengers, auto rickshaw and e-rickshaw with 1 passenger each, buses with 20 passengers to be allowed: Delhi CM Kejriwal

05:37 PM IST

Restaurants can open for home-delivery, dining facility not allowed: CM Kejriwal

05:37 PM IST

Metro, shopping malls, religious gathering banned in Delhi's lockdown 4.0

05:30 PM IST

Kerala allows barber shops, beauty parlours to open

Shopping complexes can open with 50% shops on rotational basis. Barber shops and beauty parlours to open without air conditioning, only hair cutting & shaving service allowed: Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister

05:25 PM IST

Active cases in Kerala rise to 130

Kerala reports 29 fresh Covid-19 cases, including 21 overseas returnees. Active cases rise to 130: CM

05:15 PM IST

Merkel urges international cooperation on virus

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says countries need to work together to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video address Monday to the annual World Health Assembly, Merkel said that “no country can solve this problem alone.”

First published: May 18, 2020 06:31 IST