Bengal Extends Curbs Till 1 July, Existing Restrictions Eased From 16 June

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• Restricted movement of private vehicles.

• All educational institutions will remain closed, all intra-state bus services and local train services will remain closed.

• Government and private offices can start operations from 16 June with a maximum 25% workforce limit between 10 am to 4 pm.

Mumbai’s Dharavi on Monday recorded zero Covid-19 cases, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai said. On April 8, Dharavi had reported its highest-ever single-day spike of 99 cases.

Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand government on Monday extended the Covid curfew in the state till June 22 but announced some important relaxations such as opening the chardham yatra for locals on the condition of a negative RT-PCR test report. The period of the current curfew in the state was to come to an end at 6 am on Tuesday morning.

“We have decided to extend the curfew for another week to June 22 in view of the COVID-19 situation. The old SOPs will largely remain in force except a few major changes such as opening the doors of the Himalayan temples for locals with negative RT-PCR reports,” Cabinet Minister and state government”s official spokesman Subodh Uniyal said.

India recorded a single-day rise of 70,421 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest in 74 days, taking the country’s infection tally to 2,95,10,410, while the count of active cases fell below 10 lakh after over two months, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The Covid-19 death toll in the country climbed to 3,74,305 with 3,921 fatalities recorded in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. Delhi, Haryana and Tamil Nadu permitted more activities from Monday as the easing of restrictions by states gained momentum following a decline in active cases. Karnataka will also begin the unlock process, barring in 11 districts, from Monday, with the opening of parks and industrial units with riders, besides other relaxations.

After two consecutive weeks of decline in Covid-19 deaths, India registered a 19 percent rise in the week ending on Sunday. However, the rise was mainly driven by the 12,573 backlog deaths added to the toll. The deaths in the seven days constituted half of 25,000 deaths recorded during the last seven days, making the week’s fatalities highest in the three weeks, Times of India reported.

Maharashtra has recorded the highest backlog of 8,622 deaths while Bihar accounted for 3,951 during June 7-13. Backlog deaths are fatalities from the past days that remained unreported due to delays by hospitals or other reasons. Goa on Sunday extended Covid-19 curfew till June 21 as the positivity rate in the state stood at 14 per cent, an official said. The curfew was first imposed on May 9 and has been extended several times since then, as the state witnessed its positivity rate reaching a high of 51 per cent before dipping gradually to the level now, he added.

Meanwhile, the Haryana government also extended the lockdown by another week till June 21, while easing several restrictions. Doing away with the odd-even formula, the state government allowed all shops to open from 9 am to 8 pm.

Delhi will reopen from today as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced opening of restaurants with 50 per cent capacity, weekly markets and religious places, saying the COVID-19 situation has significantly come under control in the city. Salons, beauty parlours and barber shops closed since the imposition of lockdown on April 19, will also reopen from Monday, officials said.

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