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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:

09:38 AM IST

Prohibitory orders extended till May 19 in Bengaluru

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao on Monday extended the prohibitory orders under Section 144 (1) till May 19 in the city in order to contain the Covid-19 spread, reports ANI.

Bengaluru city is classified under the red zone.

09:35 AM IST

Barber shops, salons open in lockdown 4.0. See pics

With many restrictions eased in lockdown 4.0 that has come into force from today, barber shops and salons reopened in Karnataka's Hubli

09:31 AM IST

In highest one-day spike, India records 5,242 new Covid-19 cases

India has recorded the biggest spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, registering over 5,000 new infections in 24 hours. The death toll went up by 157 in the same period. According to the Union health ministry figures released on Monday morning, the total coronavirus cases in the country stand at 96,169. This includes 56,316 active cases, 3029 deaths and 36,823 cured patients.

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09:08 AM IST

China reports 25 new coronavirus cases

China has reported 25 new Covid-19 patients, health officials said on Monday, as 14 asymptomatic cases were detected in Wuhan, the first epicentre of the coronavirus, taking the number of such infections in the city to 337, the highest in the country, reports PTI.

The death toll in China remained at 4,634 on Sunday with no new fatalities reported.

08:36 AM IST

Global Covid-19 cases top 4.7 mn, death toll surpass 315,000: Report

The number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 4.7 million, while the death toll has surpassed 315,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University, reports IANS.

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 4,713,620, while the death toll increased to 315,185, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

08:17 AM IST

Gujarat to make guidelines according to containment, non-containment zones: CM

Gujarat will make guidelines according to containment zone and non-containment zone. District Collectors, Municipal commissioners will make a list of these zones on May 18, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said on Sunday : ANI

08:04 AM IST

Migrant workers gather at Delhi-UP border

Large number of migrant workers have gathered at Delhi-Ghazipur (UP) border. Buses are being arranged to take them to their native places, says ANI.

07:58 AM IST

Uttarakhand tightens surveillance at border check posts

Uttarakhand government has tightened police surveillance at all inter-state border check posts as a precautionary measure against, r

Narottam Bisht, SHO, Clement Town police station told ANI, "People's passes are being checked, their details noted down. They're being checked by doctors and sampling is being done. After entering (the state), they're being made to go to concerned police station where they're filling up bonds for home quarantine:

07:30 AM IST

China reports seven new Covid-19 cases

China reported seven new confirmed coronavirus cases for May 17, up from five a day earlier, the country's health authority said on Monday, reports Reuters.

Of the new cases, the northeastern province of Jilin, currently in a partial lockdown due to a flare-up in infections, reported two confirmed cases.

07:17 AM IST

UK coronavirus death toll rises by 170, lowest increase since March

Britain's death toll due to Covid-19 rose by 170 to 34,636, business minister Alok Sharma said on Sunday, the lowest increase in the official death toll since March 24, reports Reuters.

The increase reported on Sunday was sharply down from the 468 rise in deaths reported 24 hours earlier and the lowest since Britain brought in a lockdown to curb the spread of the virus on March 23.

07:09 AM IST

France's Covid-19 death toll passes 28,000

Deaths from the new coronavirus in France passed 28,000 Sunday, the health ministry announced, as officials tried to contain outbreaks in two abattoirs, reports AFP.

The latest daily toll, of 483, the largest in several weeks, was made up mainly of deaths in care homes: 429 deaths, compared to only 54 in hospital. Those numbers took France's total number of deaths from the virus to 28,108.

07:08 AM IST

Japan's economy slips into recession

Japan dived into its first recession since 2015, according to official data Monday, with the world's third-largest economy contracting by 0.9 percent in the first quarter as it wrestles with the fallout from the coronavirus, reports AFP.

The drop in gross domestic product followed a 1.9-percent decline in the fourth quarter of 2019 as a tax hike and typhoons hit Japan hard -- even before the pandemic shut down much of the economy.

06:43 AM IST

US records 820 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Report

The United States on Sunday recorded 820 new coronavirus deaths in the previous 24 hours, but the country's total death count neared 90,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, reports AFP.

The latest toll, marked at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday), was the lowest since 776 daily deaths were recorded on May 10, but the count ranged as high as 1,894 in subsequent days.

First published: May 18, 2020 06:31 IST