Mumbai tally crosses 38,000; Lockdown 5.0 to begin from tomorrow

Henrietta Brewer
May 31, 2020

The "unlocking" will be in three phases, with Phase I to allow the following activities from June 8: Religious places/places of worship; hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services; and shopping malls. Social, political, sporting, cultural and religious functions, as well as all other large congregations, may also be allowed at this time. "The states and UTs will take decisions on such issues depending on the situation locally", a senior government official said.

The home ministry, moreover, said reopening of prohibited activities in areas outside containment zones will be done in phased manner. A standard operating procedure (SOP) will be prescribed by the health ministry later.

The MHA, however, said that the lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones, but these will be demarcated by the State/ UT Governments.

It is also noted that state governments may hold discussions and consultations with parents and other stakeholders, but that a decision on reopening schools will only be taken in July.

The government emphasized on the use of Aarogya Setu app.

"Delhi government has been in favour of lifting the lockdown restrictions outside containment zones as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is of the view that lockdown cannot continue indefinitely and we need to learn to live with coronavirus by taking all due precautions", the source said.

States will also be given more flexibility in deciding on restrictions.

Similar to earlier orders, people older than 65 years, children below 10 years, pregnant women and individuals with comorbidities have been advised to stay at home.

Most chief ministers had indicated that they were in favour of extending the nationwide lockdown, but with calibrated relaxations to allow economic activity.

As of 8am on Saturday, India registering a record single day spike of 265 deaths and 7,964 cases, according to the Union health ministry. The government, reportedly, would focus on a few cities that have a high density of corona cases and account for the bulk of cases in the country. However, while easing lockdowns, several countries have resumed air travel but with restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. However, Odisha, which has seen a spurt in COVID-19 cases in the past fortnight with the return of migrant workers, lockdown 4.0 norms are likely to continue.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sources say the two discussed suggestions that have come from states and the task forces set up by the Centre.

During lockdown 5.0, there could be stricter restrictions in 13 cities including Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Howrah, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu, and Thiruvallur.

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