Lockdown 4.0, which comes into effect on May 18, will see shops and markets — except those in malls — opening, and autos, buses and cabs operating within the State guidelines. E-commerce companies will be allowed to deliver all goods, including those considered non-essential.
However, hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, malls, swimming pools, gyms will continue to remain shut till May 31. Here is a full list of what is allowed and what is not during Lockdown 4.0.
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Here are the latest updates:
12.30 pm | India
Uber makes masks now mandatory for both driver and riders
Uber on Monday announced a series of new safety features across their various product offerings in view of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The key policy that the company announced for India would be the requirement to wear masks or face covers for both driver and riders and also rolled out a set of new features in their app to ensure the same. The features were launched on Monday and will be rolled out across the country in the coming week.
12.10 pm | Pune
Pune district reports more than 60 cases over 12-hour span; death toll exceeds 200
More than 60 new COVID-19 cases were reported from Pune district over a 12-hour span as its total tally — including deaths and recoveries — climbed to 4,083 cases with 206 fatalities thus far, authorities said on Monday.
Aurangabad district, emerging as a major virus hotbed in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region, too witnessed a spurt of 59 new cases as the district’s total case tally surged to 1,021, according to officials. Aurangabad has reported 31 deaths till now.
12 pm | Noida
Oppo suspends Noida factory operations, to screen 3,000 employees for coronavirus
Chinese handset maker Oppo on Sunday suspended operations at its Noida factory till the time it completes coronavirus screening of all 3,000 employees at the plant.
The company had resumed the operations on Friday after it got permission from the Uttar Pradesh government for it with around 30% of employees. The company has send sample of all employees who have to join work for coronavirus testing.
11.50 am | Tamil Nadu
Tasmac liquor outlets to function till 7 p.m.
The Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (Tasmac) has extended the operating hours of liquor outlets by two hours. Shops would now be open till 7 p.m., said a government source.
All Tasmac shops were closed post-COVID-19 lockdown and re-opened on May 7 with certain restrictions. The cash cow of the State government sells on an average liquor worth ₹85 crore to ₹90 crore per day.
11.30 am | Delhi
COVID-19 cases in Delhi cross 10,000 mark
Two hundred and ninety nine new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 10,054, according to a health bulletin released by the Delhi government on Monday.
Also, 12 more deaths have been reported, taking the total number of deaths to 160. But all of the deaths did not take place in the past 24 hours.
Of the 10,054 cases, 4,485 people have recovered. There are 5,409 active cases in Delhi.
11.10 am | USA
USAID to fund 200 ventilators for India to help tackle COVID-19
India will take delivery of 200 ventilators donated by the United States within the next month, government sources said in New Delhi on Monday.
According to the sources, the ventilators, which would be paid for by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will arrive in May and June in two instalments, and a final schedule of delivery will be notified next week.
10.50 am | Bihar
Bihar reports eighth death, 21 more BMP jawans test positive
Bihar reported the eighth death due to the COVID-19 pandemic and 21 personnel of the 14th battalion of the Bihar Military Police (BMP) were found infected with the disease, taking the total number of positive cases in the State to 1,326 on May 18.
As many as 475 people have also recovered from the disease.
10.40 am | Odisha
48 new cases in Odisha
Odisha detected 48 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the State’s total to 876, according to the State government.
With this, the State has 652 active cases. As many as 220 people have recovered and four have died due to the infection.
10.15 am | Uttar Pradesh
Nawazuddin Siddiqui travels home for Eid, placed under 14-day quarantine
Hindi actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members were placed under home quarantine after they reached Budhana town here from Mumbai, police said on Monday.
Siddiqui, along with his family members, reached his hometown on Saturday after getting necessary permission for travel from the authorities in Maharashtra, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Nepal Singh said.
He said the actor and the family members were tested for COVID-19 but their reports came negative. However, they have been placed under mandatory 14-day home quarantine, Mr. Singh said.
10 am | World
WHO to kick off international meet amid US-China tensions
The World Health Organization will on Monday kick off its first ever virtual assembly, but fears abound that U.S.-China tensions could derail the strong action needed to address the COVID-19 crisis.
The World Health Assembly, which has been trimmed from the usual three weeks to just two days, Monday and Tuesday, is expected to focus almost solely on COVID-19. A number of heads of state, government chiefs, health ministers and other dignitaries are expected to attend the meeting, which is due to kick off around noon on Monday.
9.30 am | India
India registers single-largest spike of 5,200 new cases in 24 hours
India has registered its single largest spike in 24 hours with 5,242 new COVID-19 positive cases, according to an update from the Union Health Ministry on Monday.
The death toll in the past 24 hours is 157.
With this, the total number of cases in the country is now 96,169, according to Union Ministry data. Of this, 56,316 are active cases. As many as 3,029 people have succumbed to the infection while 36,823 people have been cured.
India’s fatality rate had fallen to 3.1% and the recovery rate has improved to 37.5%, according for the Health Ministry.
9 am | Delhi
Delhi’s detailed lockdown plan to be announced today, says Kejriwal
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the Centre’s guidelines for the fourth phase of the lockdown are largely in line with the proposal sent by the Delhi government. The proposal, he said, was based on suggestions of lakhs of Delhiites.
He added that the government will prepare the detailed plan for Delhi based on the Centre’s guidelines and announce them on May 18.
8.30 am | USA
U.S. records 820 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours
The United States on Sunday recorded 820 new coronavirus fatalities in the previous 24 hours, but the country’s total death count neared 90,000, a Johns Hopkins University tracker reported.
The latest toll, marked at 00:30 GMT on Monday, was the lowest since 776 daily deaths were recorded on May 10, but the count ranged as high as 1,894 in subsequent days.
According to the real-time tracker by Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins, the United States has 14,86,376 cases of novel coronavirus. That figure and the death toll are by far the world’s highest.
8.15 am | Bihar
36 new cases in Bihar
Bihar registered 36 new COVID-19 positive cases, taking the total number of cases in the State to 1,320.
Of the new patients, 34 are men and two are women. They hail from Khagaria, Kishanganj, Supaul, Madhepura, Banka, Munger, Purnea and Patna districts.
The death toll in the State remains eight. As many as 472 people have recovered from the infection so far.
8 am | India
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu report spike in cases
Maharashtra registered its highest single-day increase of 2,347 COVID-19 cases to take its overall tally to 33,053 and 1,198 deaths. With 34 new deaths, Gujarat’s toll increased to 659. Tamil Nadu registered 639 more cases, and its death toll rose by four to take the tally to 79.
Reports from the State Health Departments put the nationwide tally at 95,622 cases and the death toll at 3,021. With an increase of 5,034 cases on May 17, infections are now doubling every 13.8 days if data of past seven days are considered. This is among the fastest in the list of countries with the highest number of infections.