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In the last 24 hours, India reported 1,913 cases of coronavirus, taking the total number in the country to 35,365 on Friday, including 1,152 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 2, 2020 10:08:52 pm
A man at market of Sector 7, Panchkula, Haryana, during lockdown.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday decided to extend the nationwide lockdown, imposed to arrest the spread of coronavirus, for two more weeks starting from May 4. The lockdown which is in place since March 25, was set to end after completing 40 days on May 3. In the last 24 hours, India reported 1,913 cases of coronavirus, taking the total number in the country to 35,365 on Friday, including 1,152 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said. Maharashtra recorded the highest single-day spike in the number of infections with 1,008 new cases taking tally to 11,506.

Meanwhile, the Centre divided districts in the country into ‘red’, ‘orange’ and ‘green’ zones as per the doubling rate and number of cases. At least 130 districts are in the red zone, 284 in orange and 319 in green. Metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad are in the red zone. The government said it could be possible to relax restrictions in red and orange zones. (Here is the full list)

It also issued an order allowing movement of stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and others by special trains operated by the Railways Ministry. The first such train carrying about 1,000 migrant labourers left Telangana’s Lingampally at 6 am this morning and reached Hatia in Jharkhand at 11 pm. At least 1,000 workers will leave Aluva in Kerala this evening and head for Bhuvaneshwar in Odisha.

Meanwhile, on the global front, the coronavirus has claimed at least over 233,000 lives and infected over 3.2 million people, according to a tally by John Hopkins University. The United States continues to be the worst-hit, with over 10,00,000 cases and 61,000 deaths.

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Coronavirus: Govt allows movement by trains; migrants leave Telangana and Kerala, head home to Jharkhand and Odisha; India cases rise to over 35,000; Govt splits country into red, orange and green zones. Read live updates in Tamil, Bangla

00:23 (IST)02 May 2020
India lockdown diary, Day 38

The government on Friday decided to extend the nationwide lockdown for two weeks till May 18. The decision was taken after it noticed “significant gains in the Covid-19 situation” due to restrictions imposed since March 24. The announcement was made hours after the Centre categorised districts in the country into ‘red’, ‘orange’ and ‘green’ zones according to the number of cases and doubling rate. Restrictions will be eased as per the zones. Here'swhat else happened during the day.

23:34 (IST)01 May 2020
Wathc: Migrant labourers arrive at Jharkhand's Hatia railway station

Over 1,000 migrant labourers who left Telangana’s Lingampally this morning by special trains operated by the Railways Ministry have now reached Hatia in Jharkhand.

22:46 (IST)01 May 2020
New guidelines for workplaces, public areas

The Ministry of Home Affairs extended the nationwide lockdown in the wake of Covid-19 for two more weeks starting May 4, laying down fresh guidelines regarding what to do and what not. It has put forward a list of activities that will be permitted and sectors that would remain operational in all the three zones — Red, Orange and Green — in which the states have been divided into depending on the number of cases reported from respective places. MHA also made Aarogya Setu App mandatory for all employees of both private and public sector offices, apart from a host of other safety rules for them to abide by. Click here for more details.

22:20 (IST)01 May 2020
From green zone 5 days ago, Jhajjar records maximum cases in Haryana

While Haryana’s two districts of Sonipat and Faridabad were declared red zones by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in its weekly list on red, orange and green zones issued on Thursday, Jhajjar district has fast emerged on top with maximum COVID cases. Till five days ago, Jhajjar district was in green zone and had not reported any COVID case since March 4.

With the sudden surge in COVID cases in districts bordering Delhi due to which Haryana has shut its four borders in Gurugram, Sonipat, Faridabad and Jhajjar, state’s Home Minister Anil Vij told The Indian Express that “nobody shall be allowed to enter Haryana without a COVID test. Be it people carrying essential services or those with lockdown passes, unless a person tests negative on the state’s border, he/she will not be allowed entry into Haryana”. Read more

22:18 (IST)01 May 2020
Karnataka: Full list of red, orange and green zones

The Union Health Ministry has issued a revised list of districts under red, orange and green zones on Friday. A total of 130 districts across the country have been placed under the red zone, while 284 and 319 districts have been identified as orange and green zones, respectively.

In Karnataka, the Central government has identified three districts as red zones, 13 districts as orange zones, and 14 districts as green zones. This revised classification is based on the incidence of cases, doubling rate, the extent of testing and surveillance feedback.

Here’s the full list of red/orange/green districts in Karnataka for the week after May 3

22:00 (IST)01 May 2020
Maharashtra: 332 migrant workers board 'Shramik Special' from Nashik

The first batch of 332 migrant workers board 'Shramik Special' from Nashik on their way to Bhopal. All of them were put up in shelter homes after being caught traveling in tempos or foot trying to head back home.

21:52 (IST)01 May 2020
Maharashtra records highest single-day spike in cases

1,008 new coronavirus cases detected in Maharashtra on Friday, highest in single day, taking tally to 11,506. With 26 deaths, death toll rises to 485: state health department.

21:30 (IST)01 May 2020
Despite extension of lockdown, Barclays keeps projection of GDP growth unchanged

Despite the extension of India's lockdown by two weeks, Barclays keeps its GDP projection of 0.0 pre cent GDP growth for CY2020, and 0.8 per cent for FY2020-2021 (April 2020 to March 2021). "Right from the beginning of the lockdown, we have maintained that India’s lockdown is likely to be longer than announced, and we remain comfortable that the lockdown may continue on a partial basis until June 6, as part of the precaution in containing the outbreak. We had also factored in a shift to a partial lockdown scenario from end-April in our last GDP forecast change, which appears to be broadly playing out," it said.

21:27 (IST)01 May 2020
Delhi govt cancels its order regarding shortage of staff in non-COVID hospitals

Delhi government has canceled its order regarding the shortage of staff in the non-COVID hospitals due to infection of doctors and staff.

21:20 (IST)01 May 2020
I made new friends in isolation ward: 12-year-old Covid survivor from Pune

This 12-year-old girl is happy to go back home but she is going to miss some of the new friends she made during her 14-day stay at the isolation ward for coronavirus patients at Symbiosis Hospital. On Friday, the girl, along with 31 others, was discharged from the hospital after recovering from COVID-19

At Symbiosis Hospital, a total of 100 persons have recovered from COVID-19 so far, including a six-month-old boy and 92-year-old woman. “My father had left earlier and I was staying here with my cousin. We made some new friends and used to watch TV for some time. We also played some games,” said the 12-year-old. Read the full story here

21:17 (IST)01 May 2020
Covid-19 new guidelines for workplaces, public areas: Aarogya Setu App mandatory, and more

As the Ministry of Home Affairs extended the nationwide lockdown for two more weeks starting May 4, laid down fresh guidelines regarding what to do and what not. It has put forward a list of activities that will be permitted and sectors that would remain operational in all the three zones — Red, Orange and Green — in which the states have been divided into depending on the number of cases reported from respective places. MHA also made Aarogya Setu App mandatory for all employees of both private and public sector offices, apart a host of other safety rules for them to abide by. Click here to know what all guidelines workplaces will have to follow

21:04 (IST)01 May 2020
Assam: Cop suffers minor injuries after stone-pelting in Lakhimpur

A police officer was injured after a team he was leading was pelted with stones at a village in Assam’s Lakhimpur district Thursday night, officials said. Lakhimpur Superintendent of Police Rajveer told The Indian Express that the in-charge of the local police outpost had got an input that a group of 20-25 persons were offering prayers at a mosque in Dakkhin Pandhowa village, breaking lockdown orders. 

20:57 (IST)01 May 2020
Haryana’s Panchkula to seal borders with Chandigarh and Punjab; know about the exemptions

The entry and exits will be sealed from Saturday morning, and essential services will be permitted movement only subject to several conditions, including downloading of Aarogya Setu app. The administration has ordered that non-Panchkula residents whose jobs require every day travel to the district will have to be accommodated in the district itself by their managements. The Panchkula residents working in places outside the territory of Panchkula district would have to make similar accommodation arrangements with their management, as per the order from the Panchkula administration.

  • Authorised government officers and staff of the offices, officers belonging to the Punjab and Haryana High Court and other courts, health professionals belonging to Government agencies will be allowed movement.
  • Those with specially issued ‘restricted movement passes’ provided by the Government of India, Government of Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh (UT) are also exempted.
  • Exemptions will also be given to media personnel specifically permitted/issued a restricted movement pass by the authorized officers of states of Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh, who, too will have to fulfill all cross-border conditions as laid above.
  • Ambulances, ATM cash vans, LPG, oil containers, et al, will fall under exemptions. Essential services, including vegetables trucks, fodder for animals, supply of medicines and medical equipment, logistics movement of essential and non-essential services et al, will be permitted with one driver and one helper or security guard.
  • Transit logistics movement on National Highways or State Highways for cargo/raw material/finished goods, however, such vehicles shall not be allowed to halt in territory of Panchkula district.
20:50 (IST)01 May 2020
Rajkot civil hospital will soon start plasma therapy

The Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay Hospital of Rajkot, popularly known as Rajkot civil hospital will soon have facilities to give blood plasma treatment to COVID-19 patients as the Central Licence Approving Authority (CLAA) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation gave its approval to the hospital for separating blood components by apheresis procedure in the blood bank of the hospital. Dr Manish Mehta, medical superintendent of PDU Medical College said the hospital already had necessary equipment for separation of blood components, including plasma through apheresis procedure. "We have two plasma apheresis machines in dialysis unit and one in our blood bank. Now, we have got approval for separating blood components, including plasma. We were trying for the last one week to get this approval so that COVID-19 patients can be given this therapy. But two days ago, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) issued a circular two days ago stating plasma therapy trials are ongoing and that such treatment should be given only after results of the trial are successful. We expect that these results may take around a week or 10 days before we could start treatment," said Dr Mehta.

20:47 (IST)01 May 2020
IIT-Guwahati proposes bamboo hospital furniture during Covid-19
A hospital bed prototype made by the design department of IIT-Guwahati. The range of furniture is a proposal to meet requirements in Primary Health Centres in Assam. Photo Courtesy: IIT-Guwahati

In 2008, Ravi Mokashi Punekar, a professor at IIT-Guwahati’s design department created a range of hospital furniture prototypes made from bamboo. For some reason, the project did not take off then. Now in 2020 — as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic — the professor and his team have decided to bring back the project. Punekar’s idea draws from the fact that Northeast India has a rich diversity of bamboo species, with unparalleled reserves of the material. But for long, its potential has been largely untapped.

20:37 (IST)01 May 2020
Manipur: Two govt doctors suspended for skipping Covid-19 duty

Two senior government doctors of Moreh Hospital, who were posted at the Indo-Myanmar border following the COVID-19 outbreak, were suspended for failing to report to duty. The doctors have been identified as Bharat Singh (specialist, Bio-chemistry) and Dr. Ph. Angkhong Rongmei (specialist, surgery).

20:15 (IST)01 May 2020
National guidelines for work places: MHA

National guidelines for work places:

  • Wearing of face cover is compulsory in all work places and adequate stock of such face covers shall be made available
  • All persons in charge of work places shall ensure social distancing as per the guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, both within the work places and in company transport
  • Social distancing at work places shall be ensured through adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc.
  • Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer preferably with touch free mechanism will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas. In addition, sufficient quantities of handwash and sanitizer shall be made available in the work places
  • Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact e.g. door handles etc., shall be ensured, including between shifts
  • Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years shall stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes
  • Use of Arogya Setu app shall be made mandatory for all employees, both private and public
  • It shall be the responsibility of the Head of the respective Organizations to ensure 100% coverage of this app among the employees
  • Large physical meetings to be avoided Hospitals/ clinics in the nearby areas, which are authorized to treat COVID-19 patients, should be identified and list should be available at work place all the times.
  • Employees showing any symptom of COVID-19 should be immediately sent for check up to such facilities. Quarantine areas should be earmarked for isolating employees showing symptoms till they are safely moved to the medical facilities.
  • Arrangements for transport facilities shall be ensured with social distancing, wherever personal/ public transport is not feasible.
  • Intensive communication and training on good hygiene practices shall be taken
20:09 (IST)01 May 2020
Govt makes masks mandatory; spitting in public prohibited; alcohol shops can reopen

National guidelines for Covid-19 management, as issued by the MHA:

  • Wearing of face cover is compulsory in all public places
  • All persons in charge of public places and transport shall ensure social distancing as per the guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • No organization/ manager of public place shall allow gathering of 5 or more persons
  • Marriages related gatherings shall ensure social distancing, and the maximum number of guests allowed shall not be more than 50
  • Funeral/ last rites related gatherings shall ensure social distancing, and the maximum numbers allowed shall not be more than 20
  • Spitting in public places shall be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed by the State/ UT local authority
  • Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public places is not allowed
  • Shops selling liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. will ensure minimum six feet distance (2 gaz ki doori) from each other, and also ensure that not more than 5 persons are present at one time at the shop
19:42 (IST)01 May 2020
Green Zone: What is allowed?

All activities are permitted in green zones except the following:

  • Travel by air, rail, metro and inter-State movement by road
  • Running of schools, colleges, and other educational and training/ coaching institutions
  • Hospitality services, including hotels and restaurants
  • Places of large public gatherings, such as cinema halls, malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes etc
  • Social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings
  • Religious places/ places of worship for public

However buses can operate with upto 50 per cent seating capacity and bus depots can operate with upto 50 per cent capacity.

19:41 (IST)01 May 2020
Orange Zone: What is allowed?

The government has allowed all activities permitted in red zones (listed in the subsequent update) in Orange Zones, and the following activities:

  • Taxis and cab aggregators will be permitted with 1 driver and 1 passenger only
  • Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only
  • Four wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers

Authorities across states have begun preparations to help lakhs of migrant workers.

*Authorities across states have begun preparations to help lakhs of migrant workers and students reach their homes from different parts of the country, where they are stranded for over a month due to the lockdown.

*The state of Maharashtra continues to remain the worst-affected state in India as total coronavirus cases in the state crossed the 10,000-mark on Thursday evening, the state health department said. The tally now reads 10,498 cases with 583 new cases registered today while the death toll now sits at 459.

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* In Tripura, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said the lockdown in the state would continue in some form or the other till a vaccine against Covid-19 is invented. Deb made the remarks after holding a four-and-a-half-hour-long all-party meeting on Wednesday night.

*Congress leader Rahul Gandhi held a video-interaction with former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan on the economic impact of the nationwide lockdown. The economist told the former Congress chief that India needs to be cleverer in lifting the lockdown and open up its economy in a "measured way" as it does not have the capacity to support people across the spectrum for too long.

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