Day 60 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground report from Indian cities | India News

NEW DELHI: Streets were once again jammed with traffic and mask-wearing shoppers were seen in markets in various cities across the country as the almost two-month-long lockdown was eased earlier this week.
This was also the week when the number of coronavirus cases in the country crossed the 1,00,000-mark.

Here are the latest updates


  • With the easing of lockdown restrictions and the commencement of vehicular movement in the capital and nearby regions, the pollution level in Delhi docked in the higher end of the ‘moderate’ category with the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 162 at 9 am on Saturday.
  • The total number of containment zones in the city reached 86 on Friday after nine new areas were declared as containment zones.
  • The excise department on Friday ordered the opening of 66 private liquor stores that sell foreign and Indian-made foreign liquor in the capital. This is in addition to about 172 shops run by government agencies that were allowed to open from May 4.
  • Fresh Covid-19 cases in Delhi touched another new peak on Friday, the fourth in as many days, with 660 infections added to the city’s virus count, which crossed the 12,000 mark.


  • The BMC on Friday finally issued orders allowing home delivery of liquor during the lockdown; across-the-counter sale remains barred. Deliveries will not be allowed in containment zones, or areas where a Covid-19 patient or his high-risk contacts live.
  • The city’s toll breached the 900 mark even as cases continued to rise by over a thousand for the sixth consecutive day. On Friday, 1,751 cases — the highest single-day rise — were registered. The only silver lining was that it recorded 27 deaths as against 41 on the two preceding days, taking the toll to 909.
  • In order to reduce waiting time of patients for ambulances, the BMC has decided to make use of the technology platform of app cabs so that it can track the movement of government ambulances realtime and despatch them quickly where they are needed.


  • Tamil Nadu govt has allowed plying of autos and cycle rickshaws from today amid Covid-19 lockdown, except in Chennai & containment zones.
  • Tamil Nadu govt permits beauty parlours to function in all rural areas excluding Greater Chennai Police limits from May 24 between 7 am and 7 pm.
  • Chennai recorded 569 cases as top health, finance, revenue and disaster management officials on increasing hospital beds, care centres, and facility for quarantine in Chennai in preparation for the peak and a staggered exit from the lockdown.


  • Belagavi-Bengaluru tri-weekly special train started its maiden run at 8 am today. 99 passengers have boarded the train at Belagavi.
  • Karnataka government may allow schools to reopen in August but is yet to decide whether teaching should be online or in classrooms or a mix of both.
  • People returning to Karnataka by air, rail or road from Maharashtra, Gujarat, TN, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and are asymptomatic will have to undergo institutional quarantine for seven days followed by seven days of home quarantine if their test results come negative.
  • Karnataka returnees from all other states will be exempted from institutional quarantine and will be asked to home-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Karnataka on Thursday notched up another feat in its fight against Covid-19 by conducting 11,449 tests in a single day. The number of daily tests has gone up by nearly 250% from 3,279 on April 22.


  • Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials confirmed that tracing primary and secondary contacts of Covid-19 patients who have drivers and domestic workers has turned out to be a hectic task.
  • Four TRS legislators have written to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to provide free government quarantine instead of paid quarantine to Telangana workers returning from the Gulf.
  • Making a major shift in the treatment protocol of Covid-19 patients, the medical and health department is now contemplating treating mild patients also after coming across instances of entire families getting infected with the coronavirus. This move is considered as more than 60% of the cases in the state, especially in Greater Hyderabad limits, are from a few families.


  • People arriving at Amausi Airport from across the country will have to be in home quarantine for 14 days. The domestic air services set to begin from Monday will have 16 flights from Lucknow on Day 1 carrying nearly 1,500 people stuck in the city. All passengers will be thermally scanned.
  • Even as many markets reopened in the city following the left-right formula, residents of Patrakarpuram in Gomtinagar and some other areas like Alambagh, Aaashiana and Faizullaganj will have to wait till Monday to go shopping.
  • Faced with the possibility of protests by state government employees over its decision to suspend the payment of at least seven allowances amid the coronavirus-triggered economic slowdown, UP government has invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act, banning any strike in government departments for six months.


  • As the sun reappeared through the cloud cover, signs of life returned to Kolkata streets on Friday morning. A large number of shutters went up and shops reopened after remaining closed for almost two months.
  • The civil aviation regulator has released a provisional schedule for a whopping 93 fights out of Kolkata on Monday, the first day of domestic flights resuming operations after they were grounded on March 24 to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.


  • In an alarming development, the number of staffers at Gujarat Cancer Research Institute (GCRI) in Civil hospital campus who have contracted coronavirus has climbed to 102. Against 600-odd patients treated by the hospital, this calculates to a ratio of one positive staffer for every six patients who took treatment at the 500-bed hospital.
  • On Friday, Ahmedabad district recorded 9,724 cumulative Covid-19 positive cases and 645 deaths. In terms of Indian cities, Ahmedabad is on the third spot after Mumbai and Delhi and slightly ahead of Chennai.
  • With 288 Covid-19 patients discharged on Friday, the recovery rate of Ahmedabad city is now 39%, up from 19% on May 5, when the new crisis management team took over.


  • Come May 26 and the Chandigarh Passport Seva Kendra and the regional passport office will start the process for an appointment for applicants.
  • After starting the sale of liquor and groceries items from CSD canteens for military personnel and veterans, the central government has now also resumed the sale of four- and two-wheelers. The decision was much awaited by the defence personnel and military veterans, as the facility was closed since mid-March.
  • A total of 25 NRIs returned to Chandigarh on Friday. The UT administration brought them from airports in Amritsar, Delhi and Chandigarh Among these 25, nine were from the US, three from Malaysia and 13 from Canada. As many as 44 NRIs have reached Chandigarh so far. One of them has been discharged after completing his quarantine period.


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