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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:

01:40 PM IST

5 doctors in Kashmir test Covid-19 positive

Five doctors in Kashmir, including four who treated a woman who died of Covid-19, have tested positive for Covid-19, say officials: PTI

01:25 PM IST

People from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, TN not allowed to enter Karnataka till May 31

"We have decided not to allow entry of people from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu till May 31st: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa

01:10 PM IST

All trains to run within the state: Karnataka CM

CM Yediyurappa said, "all shops will be allowed to open, all trains running within the state will be allowed'. : ANI

01:08 PM IST

Karnataka to observe total lockdown on Sundays: CM

Karnataka allow state-buses to operate from Tuesday, except in red and containment zones.

"All four State transport corporation buses allowed to operate in Karnataka, except in red and containment zones, from Tuesday, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, was quoted as saying by PTI.

The CM said, "(there'll be) strict lockdown measures in containment zones & economic activities will be permitted in other areas. Sundays will be total lockdown across state. Home quarantine will be strengthened, " reports ANI.

12:51 PM IST

'Borrow more, spend more to give stimulus to economy'

The former finance minister asks the Centre to "announce comprehensive fiscal stimulus of not less than 10 lakh cr of real additional expenditure equivalent to 10% of GDP."

He advised the government to "borrow more, spend more to give a stimulus to economy."

12:44 PM IST

'Request govt to reconsider stimulus package': Chidambaram

"We express our thorough disappointment, request govt to reconsider stimulus package," says Chidambaram: PTI

12:36 PM IST

Fiscal stimulus 'totally inadequate': P Chidambaram

Former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram has criticised the Centre's economic package to deal with the economic crisis due to Covid-19.

"Fiscal stimulus is of 1,86,650 crore amounting to 0.91% of GDP; totally inadequate given the gravity of economic crisis," PTI quoted him as saying.

He added, "We note with deep regret that fiscal stimulus package has left several sections high and dry."

The package was announced in five tranches by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week.

12:21 PM IST

Over 1200 Maharashtra Police personnel have contracted Covid so far

Over 1200 Maharashtra Police personnel have contracted Covid-19 so far, according to a statement by the state police, reports ANI. The statement said, in all, 1273 personnel including 131 officers have been infected by the coronavirus. Of these, 291 police personnel have recovered while 11 others succumbed to the disease.

11:34 AM IST

Chhattisgarh extends prohibitory order in all districts for next 3 months: Official

Chhattisgarh has extended restrictions imposed in all districts of state under CrPC Section 144 for next three months in a bid to contain spread of coronavirus, reports PTI quoting an official.

11:32 AM IST

52 new corona cases in Andhra in 24 hrs, tally rises to 2282

Fifty two fresh cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking total number of cases to 2282, including 705 active cases, news agency ANI reported on Monday, quoting the state health department. The state has recorded 50 deaths from the disease so far.

11:17 AM IST

Delhi reports 299 new Covid-19 cases, total crosses 10,000

Delhi reported 299 new Covid-19 positive cases reported in last 24 hrs,

according to ANI. There have been 283 recovered/discharged/migrated in the same period. However, no deaths reported in this duration.

The total number of positive cases in the national capital now stand at 10,054 -including 4485 recovered/discharged and 160 deaths.

11:07 AM IST

Maharashtra approves formation of task force related to Covid treatment

Maharashtra government has approved the formation of a task force which will give recommendations to incorporate AYUSH treatment modalities specifically for increasing immunity against Covid-19, according to the state Medical Education & Drug Department: ANI

10:54 AM IST

Migrants line up to board Special Shramik trains in Mumbai

Migrant workers on Monday queued up outside Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to board 'Shramik Special' trains for Katihar, Samastipur & Kishanganj in Bihar as the nationwide lockdown continues. The 4th phase of lockdown will end on May 31.

10:35 AM IST

Bihar's Covid-19 cases at 1,326

Bihar reported six more Covid-19 positive cases, today, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 1,326 reports ANI.

10:15 AM IST

Rajasthan reports 140 new Covid-19 cases, state tally at 5,342

The state of Rajasthan reported 140 new cases of the novel coronavirus. The total cases in state stand at 5,342. A total of 133 people have died and 2,666 have been discharged so far, reports ANI.

First published: May 18, 2020 06:31 IST