Day 67 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground report from Indian cities | India News


NEW DELHI: Cities across the country continued to register a spike in the number of coronavirus cases on Saturday as the number of cases across the country crossed the 1,73,000 mark.

Here is a look at the latest updates —
1

DELHI

  • General administration department at Delhi secretariat sealed for sanitisation work after an employee tests positive for Covid-19.
  • In 15 days, cases went up by 8,500 but only 500 people were admitted in hospitals. Most getting cured at home: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Delhi is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases, we accept it. But there is nothing to worry about, I assure you that we are fully prepared. We cannot be in a permanent lockdown, says CM Arvind Kejriwal.
  • GTB Hospital, with 500 beds, declared as designated Covid-19 hospital for admitting confirmed/suspected cases, says Delhi government. This is the fifth hospital to be declared a designated Covid hospital in the national capital.
  • The number of containment zone rose to 102 in the city with more areas being converted into red zones due to a steep rise in the number of Covid-19 positive cases.
2

HYDERABAD

  • As Telangana broke its highest-single day Covid-19 spike for the third day in a row with 169 positive cases on Friday, health minister Eatala Rajender hinted at a serious surge in towns and villages.
  • With the indications that Centre may allow the resumption of Metro Rail operations from the first week of June, the state government has reportedly asked the project concessionaire L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad to get ready to kick off the services — but in a curtailed manner.
  • After keeping farmers at their wits’ end with his regulatory farming idea, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday announced that the government would soon come up with a new scheme for farmers.
  • Even as ICMR is gearing up to conduct random Covid-19 tests in Greater Hyderabad limits, the rapid spread of coronavirus in the last few days is a major concern for officials.
3

MUMBAI

  • BJP workers stage protest at BMC HQ; flag concerns over govt’s response in tackling coronavirus.
  • KDMC hospitals get two robots that can be helping in supplying food and medicines in isolation wards.
  • Bombay high court directs the Maharashtra government to file a report by June 2 explaining the procedure of taking migrants to their native places.
  • Declining to pass an order directing over the counter sale of liquor in Mumbai during the Covid-19 lockdown, Bombay high court has directed the petition be placed before the BMC chief as a representation and that he take an ‘appropriate decision’ on it.
  • In the last 24 hours, 114 police personnel have tested positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra and 1 personnel has died due to the virus.
4

CHANDIGARH

  • The general house of the Chandigarh municipal corporation has decided to refund deposit fee of hundreds of residents, who had booked community centres, dharamshalas etc for various purposes for April and May before the Covid-19 pandemic. The amount to be refunded is Rs 66 lakh.
  • The UT education department extended the summer vacation in government schools till June 7. Earlier, the holidays had been extended till May 31 on May 18. These schools have been on vacation since April 15.
  • With public health experts indicating that Covid-19 cases could peak in June and July in the country, the UT administration is ready with 3,000 beds to deal with the situation.
  • Haryana Tourism Corp is providing board and lodging in their tourist complexes free of cost to the frontline doctors and paramedical staff treating Covid patients.
5

LUCKNOW

  • After the BJP deployed its cadre to wheel out relief measures for migrants returning to UP in large number following coronavirus-induced lockdown, RSS and VHP have also pitched in with their organizational machinery to help the needy in the hour of crisis.
  • Over one crore milk farmers are in deep trouble as prices of milk continue to crash in the organised and unorganised markets in the wake of prolonged lockdown.
  • 31 out of 1216 samples that were tested yesterday found positive for Covid-19 in Uttar Pradesh.
  • The lockdown avatar of the Ganga is not only appearing more pristine but is much cleaner with a substantial reduction in bacteria, as is apparent in UPPCB sampling results for March 2020.
6

AHMEDABAD

  • The Ahmedabad district outside Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation limits reported 17 fresh Covid-19 cases on Friday. Currently, the tally in the district outside AMC has reached 201 cases and 11 deaths.
  • Gujarat has recorded 20 more deaths of Covid-19 patients, including 18 from Ahmedabad and two from Surat. With this, the total death toll in the state has climbed to 980.
  • Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA) on Friday agreed to 10% further reduction in rates as fixed by the state authorities.
  • With three policemen have lost their lives to Covid-19 Ahmedabad and over 200 infected, senior cops are going all out to stay fit for frontline duties and strengthen their immunity.
  • In Ahmedabad city, one of the Covid-19 hotspots in the country, the state government and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) have already begun calculating the total bed capacity of private and trustrun hospitals. The entire city has 12,978 beds capacity
7

KOLKATA

  • Barely two days into the airport’s restart post lockdown, two potential hazard points have emerged, one in the departure level and the other arrival.
  • The traders’ association at New Market has warned shopkeepers that if any shop encroaches on the market’s corridor, it will first be warned and then face closure. There are 3,000-odd shops at the century-and-a half-old market.
  • West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the railways’ “unhealthy and inhuman” manner of running “Corona Expresses” for the sudden rise in the state’s Covid numbers while laying out a detailed blueprint for a revival of the economy from June 1.
  • Industry captains and leading chambers in the state have hailed chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s advice to “stay safe and work indoors as much as possible” and pledged to act responsibly while deciding on workforce capacity before reopening offices from June 8.
  • The West Bengal Vice-Chancellors’ Council has sent a proposal to the state, suggesting that colleges and universities remain closed till June 30.
  • Several places of worship have decided to open their doors to devotees from Monday and strictly adhere to social distancing measures.
8

BENGALURU

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has not spared the big fat Indian wedding. When once upon a time you would spend hours matching silk sarees and blouses pieces and jewellery, families of brides and grooms are now calling up medical equipment companies.
  • Demand for dishwashers soars in Bengaluru. From being viewed as a superfluous fixture of fancy kitchens, the dishwasher is quickly becoming an essential appliance, with even middle-class households measuring kitchen space to find a spot.
  • Restaurants in Bengaluru are reorganising their setups to serve customers in a new normal where health safety will get priority on the table over almost every enjoyable moment of eating out.
  • The outpatient department (OPD) of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (Nimhans), the country’s premier mental health institution, has remained shut for the past two months.
  • Gifting Sunnah, a group of volunteers, distributes sweets among thousands of people every Eid. This year, it gave masks instead. The group has provided 30,000 masks to pourakarmikas, police personnel and migrants of the city.
9

CHENNAI

  • Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday announced that a maximum of 60 people will be allowed to participate in shooting for TV serials with immediate effect.
  • Tamil Nadu government has sanctioned Rs 300 crore as a specially designed Covid Assistance Package (CAP) to help rural enterprises in distress due to the lockdown.
  • A team of Jain scholars that have been working hard to preserve the abandoned monuments in Tamil Nadu is now helping the members in the community overcome the Covid-19 pandemic blues.
  • Two hundred and sixty police personnel across the state, of the 560 who tested positive for Covid-19, have recovered and are back at work.
  • After a more than six-week lockdown, the Madras high court has decided to function to its full capacity from June 1.



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