NEW DELHI: Gross violations of social distancing were reported from cities across the country on the first day of Unlock 1.0. Last week, the government after extending the coronavirus-induced lockdown three times, decided that it was now time to re-open the economy.
Here is a look at major updates from cities —
- The price of LPG in Mumbai has been hiked from June 1—the revised price of a 14.2 kg non-subsidised cylinder is now Rs 590.5.
- The state road transport agency, MSRTC, has proposed hiking bus fares by 50% in view of 50% reduction in seating capacity post-lockdown.
- Civic officials maintained once again that Mumbai was seeing cases owing to a greater number of tests being done.
- Some housing societies violate ICMR norms in seeking Covid-free certificates from visiting kin.
- The ICMR recently “came down heavily” on Nair Hospital and sought an explanation over the distribution of plasma units to hospitals not registered for the plasma therapy trial in Covid-19 patients.
- Eighty-five days on, Maharashtra crosses 70,000 Covid cases, nearly 60% from Mumbai.
- Five police personnel from Anand Parbat area test positive for Covid-19
- 13 people test positive for Covid-19 at Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal’s office.
- Besides helping auto and e-rickshaw drivers in getting more passengers, it is also expected to gradually make more people feel comfortable about commuting. However, buses will continue to ferry only 20 passengers at a time.
- The Metro can’t operate yet, but the government has removed restrictions on the number of passengers in four-wheelers, autorickshaws and e-rickshaws. Two-wheelers can now carry pillion riders.
- Barbershops and salons have finally made the cut. They will now be allowed to operate through spas will remain closed.
- In a major boost to economic activities in the capital, CM Arvind Kejriwal announced on Monday that they were doing away with the odd-even scheme for the opening of shops.
- Seven Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) personnel, who had returned to their base camp in Shivamogga after completing their duty in containment zones in Bengaluru, have tested positive for Covid-19.
- With Unlock 1.0 beginning, many migrant workers are heading to their home-states. To help these people register on the Seva Sindhu portal, the BBMP has decided to open ‘Migrants Help Desk’ at every Citizen Service Centre with signage.
- A week after domestic passenger flight operations resumed, passenger load on incoming flights to Bengaluru is still very low. In some instances, aircraft from Delhi carried fewer than 10 passengers. in Kannada, English and Hindi.
- Karnataka is now banking on home quarantine rather than the present-day institutional quarantine for Covid-19 surveillance.
- With Bengaluru slowly moving towards normalcy and people increasingly preferring private vehicles over public transport, experts suggest urgent steps to expand Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) fleet and better cycling infrastructure.
- The state transport corporations on Monday resumed bus services after 68 days, albeit with low occupancy amid the virus scare.
- As a step towards moving to digital payments, Tamil Nadu Transport Department on Monday launched a cashless ticketing system in government buses.
- The corporation has announced a new containment strategy for Covid-19 hotspots in the city, especially in Tondiarpet and Royapuram zones.
- Lucknow was abuzz with activity on the first day of Unlock 1.0 on Monday after the district administration allowed resumption of public transport services and increased the duration of opening of markets.
- Offices were also allowed to resume operations with full staff strength.
- Lucknow’s oldest and largest market, Aminabad, and Hazratganj’s Naza market also reopened after a gap of 70 days.
- Day 1 of the *Unlock 1.0 saw a gross violation of safety protocol across Lucknow, posing threat of escalation of Covid-19, which had been brought under control after 70 days of lockdown and enormous efforts by the administration.
- Wear a mask while offering namaz, bring your own jaa-namaz (prayer mat) and skull cap and don’t stand shoulder to shoulder with other namazis, are some of the directives issued by the Islamic Centre of India (ICI) to mosques on Monday.
- Two weeks after Telangana allowed offices to operate with 100% workforce, the IT/ITeS sector seems to be in a self-imposed lockdown, with most companies sticking to the work from home (WFH) model.
- With Telangana recording 199 Covid-19 cases on Sunday – the highest number in a single day – Hyderabad continues to be in the red zone.
- Telangana on Monday recorded six deaths and 94 more novel coronavirus cases as health authorities said they were preparing to test all junior doctors of the Osmania Medical College in its effort to contain the virus among medicos.
- Health authorities said the decision to test junior doctors was taken after seven PG doctors tested positive. There are 280 students in two separate hostels.
- Among the 94 cases, Greater Hyderabad had a major share of 79 positive cases, while the spike in Rangareddy district continued with three more cases.
- After being shut for 40 days, Tolichowki passport seva kendra resumed operations on Monday.
- Responding to calls from their employers, several anxious employees set out from the safety of their homes to head to the office.
- Long queues at bus stands across the city and traffic choke points at some busy intersections marked the first day of Unlock 1.0
- Food delivery majors Swiggy and Zomato are keen to start home-delivery of liquor in the state, but a major roadblock has put the distribution model in uncertainty.
- Several religious places of different faiths reopened on Monday, offering believers solace in trying times.
- Tollywood producers have come together to formulate guidelines to be followed once shooting commences in Bengal.
- If a medical emergency strikes your family member, chances are high that you would have to donate blood in an emergency. This is because major city blood banks have run dry during 67 days of lockdown.
- On running their very first shifts after a lockdown on Monday, AMTS and BRTS, the two AMC-run transport services in city logged a collective revenue crossing Rs 1 lakh from over 12,350 passengers.
- Ahmedabad paced towards normalcy from Day-1 of Unlock 1.0. As June 1 dawned upon the city, people woke up to newspapers delivered to their doorsteps; to the sounds of moving traffic and all the bridges connecting eastern and western parts of the city opened to traffic.
- After announcing the final semester examination schedule, beginning June 25, the Gujarat University has planned a second exam for those who are likely to miss the exams at the end of this month.
- Five members of a family from a village in Fatehgarh Sahib were among the 38 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Punjab on Monday, taking the number of cases reported in the state so far to 2,301.
- UT administrator V P Singh Badnore will take a call on opening clean pockets of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, in a crucial meeting on Tuesday.