Unlock Update: Several states relaxing Lockdown as coronavirus pandemic declines

New Delhi: The cases of coronavirus infection are decreasing in India. According to the Union Health Ministry, 1.14 lakh new cases of coronavirus were registered in the country in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest in two months.

With the decline in the number of coronavirus cases, some states and union territories have started easing the lockdown restrictions. Markets and malls will be reopened in the capital Delhi from June 7 as well as metro services will be resumed. 

Maharashtra will implement a five-pronged plan to relax the lockdown and ease restrictions based on the weekly positivity rate and the availability of oxygen beds in the districts.

The situation of Covid-19 pandemic has improved in most of the northern and western states, while the southern and eastern parts of the country are still reporting high number of Covid-19 cases. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has announced a lockdown for a week till June 14 with some relaxation in restrictions from Monday, except in 11 districts where corona cases are coming down.

Unlock will be done at level 5 in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government order states that there will be five levels of restrictions for different classes/categories of activities for lifting the lockdown. The order states that these levels of restrictions will be implemented based on two parameters. 

As per the government’s 5-tier plan, the districts and cities falling in Level 1 will have minimum restrictions, while the areas falling under ‘Level 5’ will continue with restrictions like lockdown. In Level 1 districts, all shops, malls and PVRs can resume their operations. Along with this, malls and theaters in Level 2 areas can operate at 50 per capacity. 

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Mumbai comes in Level 2, so shopping malls-theaters here will open according to the given guidelines. At the same time, in Level 3, shops dealing with essential commodities can open till 4 pm, while those selling non-essential items have been allowed till 4 pm on weekdays. Malls, theaters will remain closed in Level 3 districts.

Delhi Metro will run with 50 percent capacity

In the national capital Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that in view of the improvement in the situation of Corona in the state, the Delhi Metro will run with 50 percent capacity and markets and malls will open on the basis of odd-even. 

The lockdown will be extended in Delhi, but many exemptions will be given. He said that government and private offices will be allowed to reopen with 50 percent attendance. He said that markets and malls will be allowed to open on odd-even basis from 10 am to 8 pm. 

According to a government notification, in the worst-affected Maharashtra, cities and districts with a positivity rate of less than five per cent and oxygen beds below 25 per cent will be fully opened.

Announcement of relaxation in lockdown in Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh government announced relaxation in coronavirus Lucknow in Bareilly and Bulandshahr districts from Monday, allowing shops and markets to open five days a week. Along with this, the news of relief is that there is a steady decline in the cases of corona in Uttar Pradesh. The number of districts with less than 600 active cases has come down from 75 to 67 districts in the state.

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Curfew extended till June 14 in these states

Before Tamil Nadu, Karnataka also extended the lockdown till June 14. At the same time, in Himachal Pradesh and Goa, the coronavirus lockdown has also been extended till June 14. In Goa, shops selling essential goods are allowed to remain open every day between 7 am and 3 pm. 

Himachal Pradesh had relaxed the restrictions related to the opening of shops, restaurants and eateries under this lockdown.

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