Coronavirus LIVE Updates: E Palaniswami has been chairing a two-day meeting on Wednesday and Thursday with district collectors and health experts to discuss the containment measures in Tamil Nadu
Coronavirus LATEST Updates:E Palaniswami has been chairing a two-day meeting on Wednesday and Thursday with district collectors and health experts to discuss the containment measures in Tamil Nadu and extension of the lockdown.
With as many as 10,20,582 COVID-19 patients cured and discharged so far, India’s COVID-19 recovery rate now stands at 64.4 percent.
India on Thursday reports 52,123 new cases. With this, India’s tally climbed up to 15,83,792. The toll has also risen to 34,968 with 775 new deaths.
The number of recoveries in India has crossed the 10-lakh mark, according to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Coronavirus cases in India rose by 48,513 on Wednesday, taking the total tally beyond 15 lakh, while the toll rose to 34,193 with 768 new deaths, the Union health ministry said. The Centre also issued guidelines for ‘Unlock 3’, which is set to be effective from 1 August.
A total of 15,31,669 cases have been recorded so far, which includes 5,09,447 active cases and 9,88,030 patients who have been cured/discharged/migrated.
Yoga centres, gyms to open as part of Unlock 3 guidelines
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued ‘Unlock 3′ guidelineseasing some restrictions on the movement of individuals during the night (night curfew) and allowing yoga institutes and gyms to open from 5 August while schools, metro and cinema halls will continue to remain closed.
The ministry said that lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till 31 August.
According to the new guidelines, metro rail, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations will continue to remain prohibited.
The MHA added that state governments and Union Territories, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the containment zones or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.
The ministry said that the new guidelines are based on feedback received from states and UTs and extensive consultations held with related central ministries and departments.
Independence Day functions will be allowed with social distancing and by following other health protocols like wearing masks, the release said.
However, there shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods and no “separate permission/ approval/ e-permit” will be required for such movements.
“Shops will need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers. MHA will monitor the effective implementation of national directives. Vulnerable persons, i.e., persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes,” it said.
It said international air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. “Further opening-up will take place in a calibrated manner,” it said.
Lockdown extended in Maharashtra till 31 Aug
The Maharashtra government extended the lockdown in the state till 31 August in view of rising coronavirus cases.
A notification issued by Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar said the decision has been taken as an “emergency step to prevent and contain” the spread of COVID-19.
As part of the ‘Mission Begin Again’ initiative, malls and market complexes without theatres, food courts and restaurants will be operational between 9 am and 7 pm from 5 August, the notification said.
The state government had last month extended the lockdown till 31 July amid a steady growth in the COVID-19 cases in the state.
Meanwhile, the Tripura government also extended the “complete lockdown” in the state till 4 August as COVID-19 cases continued to rise.
“We are going through a phase when only social distancing and masks can protect us. Twenty-one people have regrettably died till now, most of them veterans. The ongoing lockdown that was supposed to continue till Thursday morning would now continue till 5 am on 4 August. All guidelines from the ongoing lockdown would be in force,” Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb said while making the announcement.
India’s CFR is lowest since 1 April, says Centre
The total number of recoveries from COVID-19 is fast approaching the 10-lakh mark, while the case fatality rate has been falling progressively due to coordinated implementation of the ‘test track treat’ strategy by the Centre, states and Union Territories, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
India’s COVID-19 case fatality rate (CFR) is lower than what it is globally. On Wednesday, the CFR stood at 2.23 percent, the lowest since 1 April, the health ministry said in a statement.
“Not only has the CFR been kept low, but successful implementation of effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardised clinical management protocols based on a holistic standard of care approach have in tandem resulted in a consistent trend of more than 30,000 recoveries per day for the sixth consecutive day,” it said.
‘Baahubali’ director SS Rajamouli tests COVID-19 positive
Filmmaker SS Rajamouli on Wednesday said he and his family members havetested positivefor coronavirus and are currently quarantined at home.
The director, best known for his epic fantasy hit “Baahubali” series, said they got tested after they developed mild fever recently which subsided by itself.
“My family members and I developed a slight fever few days ago. It subsided by itself but we got tested nevertheless. The result has shown a mil