Educational institutions, Metro Rail services, cinema halls and gyms will continue to remain closed
Operations of domestic and international flights and passenger trains will be expanded further in a calibrated manner
THE Government on Monday night issued guidelines for the month-long ‘Unlock 2’ -- the “phased re-opening” of activities that had been barred to contain the coronavirus spread in the country -- and said educational institutions, Metro Rail services, cinema halls and gyms will continue to remain closed. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued detailed guidelines that will be applicable from July 1 after the ‘Unlock 1’ phase ends on June 30. The fresh guidelines said schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till July 31. It added metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will also remain shut. Similarly, social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will continue to be disallowed.
“Dates for opening of these will be decided separately, based on the assessment of the situation,” the Home Ministry said. Domestic and international (under the Vande Bharat mission) flights and passenger trains, already operational in a limited manner, will be further expanded in a calibrated manner, it said. The new guidelines, the Ministry said, are based on feedback received from States and Union Territories and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments. “Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till July 31.
These zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the State, UT Governments with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,” it said. Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed, the guidelines said.
India’s COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 58.67 pc
INDIA’S coronavirus recovery rate has reached 58.67 per cent as the gap between recoveries and active cases stands at 1,11,602, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). A total of 12,010 COVID-19 patients have been cured in the last 24 hours. According to the Ministry on Monday, the total coronavirus cases in the country stands at 5,48,318 including 2,10,120 active cases, 3,21,723 cured/discharged/migrated and 16,475 deaths.
“The gap between recoveries and active cases is 1,11,602 as of Monday. So far, as many as 3,21,722 patients have been cured of COVID-19. The recovery rate continues to steadily improve. It has reached 58.67% amongst COVID-19 patients on Monday. During the last 24 hours, a total of 12,010 COVID-19 patients have been cured. Presently, there are 2,10,120 active cases and all are under active medical supervision,” said a release by MoHFW.
The Ministry informed that India now has 1,047 diagnostic labs including 760 in the Government sector and 287 private labs dedicated to COVID-19. This includes 760 in the Government sector The 11 labs that have been inducted in the last 24 hours are all operated by the Government, the MoHFW said. There are a total of 567 Real-Time RT-PCR based testing labs, 393 TrueNat based testing labs and 87 CBNAAT based testing labs. The total number of samples tested up to 28 June is 83,98,362 of which 1,70,560 samples were tested on Sunday, as per the data provided by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).