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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:

05:05 PM IST

Bhubaneswar declared COVID-19 free

Odisha capital Bhubaneswar on Monday become coronavirus free with the recovery of all the 48 COVID-19 patients in the city, an official said.

Bhubaneswar, which reported the states first COVID-19 case on March 15 and Odishas first corona fatality on April 6 was declared as free from the highly infectious disease, the official said.


05:04 PM IST

India supports move at WHO to seek origin of coronavirus

India on Monday joined nearly 120 countries at a crucial conference of the World Health Organisation in pushing for an impartial and comprehensive evaluation of the global response into the coronavirus crisis as well as to examine the origin of the deadly infection.

04:42 PM IST

Hawkers will be allowed to reopen shops in non-containment zones in Bengal from May 27: CM Mamata Banerjee

04:42 PM IST

No official night curfew in West Bengal

No official night curfew in West Bengal, but people are requested not to venture out after 7 pm: CM Mamata Banerjee

04:35 PM IST

West Bengal extends lockdown till May 31

West Bengal extends lockdown till May 31: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

04:13 PM IST

UP govt accept's Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's request on 1,000 buses for migrants

Uttar Pradesh government on Monday accepted the request made by AICC national general secretary and UP incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra granting permission to transport migrant workers to the state and arrange 1,000 buses for the purpose.

04:09 PM IST

CM Arvind Kejriwal to address media on Covid-19 situation in Delhi at 5.30pm today

03:45 PM IST

Woman tests positive for Covvid-19 in Uttarakhand, total cases rise to 93

A 60-year-old woman tested positive for Covid-19 in Uttarakhand, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 93.

The woman had returned recently from Mumbai to Dehradun, a health department bulletin said here this afternoon.

03:42 PM IST

Diabetics at higher risk of dying from Covid-19: experts

The risk of a fatal outcome from Covid-19 is up to 50 per cent higher in people with diabetes, experts said, recommending regular monitoring of blood glucose and home-based exercises to maintain physical and mental health.

03:41 PM IST

Delhi University to be closed till May 31

Delhi University has urged its employees to download the Aarogya Setu app on their phones and announced that the varsity will remain closed till May 31 in view of extension of the lockdown to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

During this period, the e-learning process will continue and departments and colleges are requested to provide basic reading material to students through their respective websites, the varsity said in its order dated May 17.

03:35 PM IST

No active Covid-19 case in Meghalaya as woman recovers

Heaping praise on health officials and security personnel in Meghalaya for their efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday said the the only remaining active patient of coronavirus in the state has recovered.

03:09 PM IST

Puducherry cabinet allows sale of liquor from tomorrow

At a meeting, Puducherry cabinet has decided to allow the sale of liquor between 7 AM and 7 PM, starting tomorrow, news agency ANI reported quoting chief minister V Narayanaswamy.

02:55 PM IST

First repatriation flight arrives in Kolkata

The first repatriation flight to West Bengal under the Vande Bharat Mission landed at the Kolkata airport on Monday from Bangladesh with 169 people, including 16 in need of medical emergency treatment and a pregnant woman, officials said.

02:25 PM IST

37 Covid-19 positive cases reported from Bihar

37 fresh positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Bihar today. Total number of positive cases in the state rise to 1363: State Health Department

02:07 PM IST

Kerala to resume bus service outside Covid-19 hotspots: Minister

Kerala government has decided to allow resumption of bus services outside Covid-19 hotspots during the fourth phase of lockdown 4. Interstate & inter-district bus services will remain suspended, said state transport minister AK Saseendran: ANI

First published: May 18, 2020 06:31 IST