NEW DELHI: As lockdown 4.0 nears its duration, city administrations across the country are preparing for the implementation of the next stage of lockdown. Meanwhile, cities, especially in the northern part of the country, faced the double whammy of intense heatwaves and coronavirus pandemic, thus further worsening the woes of the common man.
Here is a look at the updates —
- New Delhi Municipal Council on Wednesday sealed the sixth floor of its headquarters at Palika Kendra and another office building at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Place (Gole Market) after four of its employees tested positive for novel coronavirus and 14 others reported fever and related symptoms.
- Three days into the resumption of domestic flights post the anti-coronavirus lockdown, IGI airport on Wednesday cancelled only one flight as of 9 pm.
- Most of the private hospitals that are offering Covid-19 treatment are running full. However, most government hospitals have vacant beds, including ICUs.
- Delhi government has asked the principals of its schools to prepare their plans for opening the institutions after the pandemic.
- The Covid-19 crisis in Delhi turned more serious on Wednesday with the state recording 792 new cases in a single day — the highest so far.
- The city’s Covid-19 positivity rate has seen a sixfold jump since the start of April, which experts say is an indicator of the infection spreading rapidly. Currently, the percentage of people testing positive per 100 tests in Mumbai is 18%, i.e. nearly one of five people are testing positive.
- Six of the city’s 24 administrative wards have each recorded over 2,000 Covid-19 cases, and together — 13,711 cases — account for 43% of Mumbai’s 31,988 cases
- The state government clarified on Wednesday evening that three “notifications” which were doing the rounds stating that the state has relaxed lockdown rules in red zones were not issued by it.
- Though hit hard by the Covid-19 outbreak, civic officials will be proud as some of their “innovative” mechanisms to control the virus may soon make it to national guidelines.
- Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday said mosques and churches will also open on June 1 along with temples.
- Karnataka ready to reopen malls, hotels & theatres after May 31
- Following deliberations with health experts, the Karnataka government is likely to scrap the mandatory Covid-19 test for asymptomatic travellers who arrive from other states and countries.
- The state government has made Covid-19 confirmatory test mandatory for cancer patients and others suffering from heart, kidney and liver ailments at all government hospitals.
- Lucknow University students will soon get an opportunity to be ‘Karma Yogi’ with the help of a scholarship that will give them a chance to earn while they learn.
- In a move aimed at curbing red tape in the process, UP energy department on Wednesday proposed online issuance of no-objection certificates (NOC) to commercial and industrial enterprises from the directorate of electrical safety (DES).
- The state government has decided to junk the odd-even rule for shops and allow all shops and establishments to open — except shopping malls — in the city from Thursday.
- With Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) all set to resume training on its premises at Shivrampalli, the Academy administrators have decided to classify 137 soon to return IPS probationers into three groups — red, orange and green — as part of its precautions to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
- In wake of policemen deputed on Covid-19 duties getting affected by the virus, the Hyderabad police have facilitated an exclusive ward for them at Gandhi Hospital.
- Laxminagar, a thickly populated area in Picket under Secunderabad Cantonment, has now become a hotspot after Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) officials announced it as ‘containment area’ after a positive Covid-19 case was reported from there.
- The city airport will take baby steps to join the domestic aviation map with 10 flights — four to Delhi, three to Mumbai and one each to Bengaluru, Chennai and Dibrugarh — on Thursday.
- On the eve of Jamai Sashthi, people thronged fish markets with complete disregard to social distancing norms even as prices of perishables soared abnormally to burn big holes in pockets.
- Near-normal transport services were restored on Wednesday in the run-up to the formal staggered exit from the lockdown on June 1.
- Six more test positive for Covid-19 in Chandigarh’s Bapu Dham Colony; total cases in the UT rise to 288
- The Kachhi Colony in Dhanas, one of the first areas in the city to be declared an affected pocket by the UT administration, is still sealed, with residents facing several problems.
- The UT administration has sent 800 migrants residing in coronavirus hotspot Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, back to their native places after medical screening till Wednesday.
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- The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Tamil Nadu government to use the top four floors of a Chennai-based private hospital for treating Covid-19 patients.
- With the government announcing its intent to permit international flights, Chennai airport has started preparations to keep the terminals ready to handle arrivals and departures.
- Flight cancellations because of trimming of the schedules continued to affect domestic passengers at Chennai airport on Wednesday. The airport handled 44 flights,22 arrivals and 22 departures, the highest after services resumed on Monday.
- Verification of certificates as part of counselling for admission to engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, should be done online, educationists have said.
- With a bumper crop and decline in bulk demand from restaurants and eateries, wholesale prices of onions and green chillies have come crashing down.
- More than 30 lakh migrant workers left Gujarat for their states between May 1 and 27, after the government permitted migrant workers to return.