The Union government on Tuesday said that the current guidelines enshrined under ‘Unlock 5’ allowing various activities like opening of cinemas and multiplexes will continue to remain applicable till November 30 in areas outside containment zones.
Notably, the Unlock 5 guidelines were issued in September-end and were meant to remain applicable till the end of October.
Ban on international flights, states to decide on opening of schools
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday clarified that international flights, except those permitted by the Centre, would remain shut.
The MHA has said that the state and Union Territory governments can decide on reopening of schools and coaching institutions in a graded manner.
The decision is to be taken in consultation with the respective school and institution management, based on their assessment of the situation, and subject to certain conditions, the guidelines asserted.
The activities permitted in areas outside containment zones included cinemas, theatres and multiplexes with up to 50 percent of their seating capacity, business to business (B2B) exhibitions, swimming pools used for training of sportspersons and public parks.
Various ministries and departments have issued standard operating procedures for the resumption of activities at these places.
Political gatherings in poll-bound Bihar and in those constituencies where bye-elections will be held have been allowed with certain restrictions. Also, according to the Centre’s guidelines, political gatherings can be held only outside the containment zones.
The lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in all containment zones during this period.
Nearly 80 lakh COVID-19 cases in India
The health ministry on Tuesday informed that 36,470 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 79.46 lakh.
So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The second-highest surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 12. It is followed by 96,551 cases reported on September 11.
Notably, India has already surpassed Brazil in terms of cases. It is now the second-worst hit nation due to the coronavirus pandemic after the US.
1.19 lakh deaths due to coronavirus
Also, 488 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,19,502.
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