India’s Covid caseload stands at more than 2.78 crore and the death toll at over 3.25 lakh, as per the official count.
Meanwhile, the daily positivity declined to 8.02 per cent, remaining below the 10 per cent-mark for five consecutive days, while the weekly positivity rate dropped to 9.36 per cent.
Here’s a roundup of the latest Covid related developments:
Several states extend lockdown along with relaxing Covid curbs
Some states have decided to persist with Covid-related restrictions but have also announced certain relaxation in the curbs due to a decline in new cases.
Haryana, Odisha and Telangana were the latest among states and Union Territories to extend the Covid-induced lockdown.
While Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday announced a partial easing of restrictions in districts with less active cases, though night curfew and weekend shutdown will remain.
Haryana and Karnataka on Sunday extended the statewide lockdown by a week till June 7.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said even though the Covid-19 situation has improved in the state, it has been decided to extend the “Mahamari Alert/Surkshit Haryana” lockdown till 5 am on June 7 with some more relaxations.
Police personnel conduct patrolling during Covid-induced lockdown in Faridabad. (PTI)
He said shops that were earlier allowed to open as per odd-even basis from 7 am to 12 pm will now be open from 9 am to 3 pm.
While malls will now be allowed to open from 10 am to 6 pm, subject to certain conditions.
Odisha government too announced the extension of lockdown for 16 more days till June 17 to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Jammu & Kashmir government also issues Covid related restrictions which shall be implemented from tomorrow until further orders.
The weekend curfew will continue in all 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir. All the salons, liquor shops will be open for 3 days, While gyms, spas, swimming pools, cinemas, bars will remain closed.
Telangana government on Sunday decided to extend the lockdown in the state for another 10-days, from May 31 to June 9.
For those who go out to purchase groceries and finish off their work by 1 pm, a grace period of one hour i.e. up to 2pm would be given. But the lockdown would be strictly implemented from 2 pm to 6 am the next day, the Cabinet said.
Uttar Pradesh begins unlocking process
Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday announced the lifting of corona curfew in a phased manner from June 1 to help restart economic activity outside containment zones.
Uttar Pradesh chief secretary R K Tiwari said shops and markets outside containment zones will be allowed to open from June 1 onwards from 7 am to 7 pm for five days (Monday to Friday).
Night curfew will remain in place from 7 pm to 7 am, he said.
The weekend restrictions or “corona curfew” will remain in place on Saturday and Sunday, the statement said.
Uttar Pradesh on Sunday recorded only 1,908 cases in the past 24 hours, thereby, registering a decline of 95 per cent from its peak.
‘Covid cases rising in some districts of Maharashtra’
Maharashtra chief minister on Sunday said that the daily Covid cases has been rising in some districts of the state.
Addressing a press conference, Maharashtra CM said that even after a decline in daily Covid cases, current numbers in the state are near peak of the previous wave.
“Can’t say when will coronavirus third wave come; we shouldn’t let our guard down,” Maharashtra CM said.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Sunday recorded 18,600 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest since March 16.
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The state government on Sunday also released a set of guidelines in the wake of lockdown extension in the state, till June 15.
All essential shops that are currently allowed to operate between 7-11 am will be allowed to operate between 7 am to 2 pm, the order says.
’12 crore vaccine doses will be available in June’
The health ministry on Sunday said that nearly 12 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine will be available in June.
In May, 7,94 crore doses were available for vaccination.
In a statement, the ministry said the allocation of supplies to states and Union Territories is decided on the consumption pattern, population and vaccine wastage.
“For the month of June, 6.09 crore (6,09,60,000) doses of Covid vaccines will be supplied to the states and UTs for vaccination of priority group of health care workers (HCWs), front-line workers (FLWs) and person aged 45 and above as free supply from the Government of India,” the ministry said.
Centre announces more relief benefits via ESIC, EPFO for bereaved families
The Labour Ministry on Sunday announced a slew of benefits through ESIC and EPFO schemes to address the fear and anxiety of such workers about the well-being of their family members.
The social security cover by the Centre is “sought to be provided to the workers without any additional cost to the employer,” the ministry said in a statement.
To support the families of Insured Persons (IPs )under the ESIC scheme, it has been decided that, all dependent family members of IPs who have been registered in the online portal of the ESIC prior to their diagnosis of COVID disease and subsequent death due to the disease, will be entitled to receive the same benefits and in the same scale as received by the dependents of insured persons who die as a result of employment injury.
Centre expands Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme
The Ministry of Finance on Sunday further expanded the scope of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) amid the economic disruption caused by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to an official statement by the Ministry, under the ECLGS 4.0, 100 per cent guarantee cover will be extended to loans of up to Rs 2 crore given to hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, medical colleges for setting up on-site oxygen generation plants.
The interest rate has been capped at 7.5 per cent for the same.
UAE extends travel restrictions from India till June 30
UAE has further extended restrictions on travellers from India till June 30, for now. UAE had imposed restrictions from April 25 due to the unfolding Covid catastrophe in India.
All the over 20 countries which have imposed resections on travel from India starting mid-April — either in the form of flight suspension (like Canada, Hong Kong) or allowing entry to very few categories of visitors from here (like US, UK, Germany and UAE) — will lift the same only when the pandemic gets under control in the country.
Railways delivered over 21,392 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen to 15 states so far
The Railways has delivered over 21,392 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen in more than 1,274 tankers to 15 states, the national transporter said Sunday amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
So far, 313 Oxygen Express trains have completed their journey while five loaded trains are on the run with more than 406 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen in 23 tankers.
Liquid Medical Oxygen delivery to Haryana and Karnataka has crossed 2,000 tonnes each while Tamil Nadu and Telangana each have received over 1,800 tonnes of the life-saving gas.
(With agency inputs)