Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra extends lockdown ti..0 Sept, relaxes curbs on inter-district travel, hotels – Firstpost

Aug 31, 2020 – 23:35 (IST)

Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh LATEST Updates

Madhya Pradesh withdraws Sunday lockdown, eases curbs

After the Centre’s Unlock 4  guidelines, the Madhya Pradesh government on Monday announced withdrawal of statewide lockdown on Sundays, but cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain shut till 30 September.  Home minister Narottam Mishra said the government has decided that industries can now operate with 100 per cent staff capacity. Besides, no e-passes will be required for entry and exit in the state, he said. The home minister said religious places and shopping malls have been opened while open air theatres will be allowed to function from September 21. However, cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain shut till September 30, he said.


Aug 31, 2020 – 22:49 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab  LATEST Updates

AAP MLA Aman Arora tests positive

Punjab Aam Aadmi Party MLA Aman Arora on Monday said he has tested positive for coronavirus. Arora, who represents the Sunam Assembly constituency, said he had been having body ache since Sunday. “I got myself tested for coronavirus and was found positive on Monday,” Arora said. Arora had earlier tested negative on 25 August. He had attended a one-day monsoon session of the Punjab Assembly on 28 August in a PPE kit.

Aug 31, 2020 – 22:29 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal LATEST Updates

West Bengal allows bars to reopen

The West Bengal government allowed bars in the state to reopen from Tuesday by following social distancing and other COVID-related protocols. An order issued by the Excise Department on Monday said that services have to be kept within the stipulated hours of opening of the outlets. Restaurants serving liquor can do so by allowing only 50 percent of total occupancy at a time and following all COVID-19 guidelines, it said.

Aug 31, 2020 – 22:07 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi LATEST Updates

Delhi reports 1,358 new cases, 18 deaths

Delhi recorded 1,358 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the tally to over 1.74 lakh,while the toll mounted to 4,444, authorities said.  Eighteen fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi Health department. However, the number of tests conducted on Monday was 14,389, much lower than the average 20,000 done per day. The tally of activecases on Monday marginally dropped to 14,626 from 14,793 the previous day


Aug 31, 2020 – 21:28 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab LATEST Updates

Weekend lockdown, night curfew to continue in Punjab towns

The Punjab government on Monday said all existing restrictions imposed to combat COVID-19, including weekend lockdown, will be in place in all 167 municipal towns of the state till the end of September. Night curfew will also continue in the cities from 7 pm to 5 am during the same period, it added. The decision has been taken in due consultation with the Centre, as required by the ‘Unlock 4.0’ guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, an official spokesperson said. There will be a lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays in the municipal areas, while movement of individuals for all non-essential activities shall remain prohibited between 7 pm and 5 am within municipal limits of all the cities of Punjab throughout the week, as per the orders of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Movement of students and others in connection with all kinds of examinations, admission/entrance tests conducted by universities, boards, public service commissions and other institutions has been excluded from the restrictions, the official said. The chief minister has directed district authorities to facilitate the movement of such persons.

Aug 31, 2020 – 21:10 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LATEST Updates

Maharashtra lifts curbs on travel, govt office attendance

The Maharashtra government on Monday lifted restriction on inter-district movement of persons and goods, and raised attendance in its offices as it

announced a slew of relaxations while extending the general COVID-19-enforced lockdown in the state till 30 September. It said hotels and lodges will be allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity from 2 September, but schools, colleges, cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain closed till September 30. Easing of restrictions came even as Maharashtra continues to registered a record number of new coronavirus cases with no flattening of curve in sight in the state.

Aug 31, 2020 – 19:33 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Centre teams to be sent to four states with increasing COVID-19 cases

Central teams will be deployed in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, which are seeing a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases, the Union health ministry said on Monday.It asserted that the teams will support the states’ efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of positive cases. The teams will also guide the states in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up, the ministry said in a statement. Each of the multi-sectoral teams will comprise an epidemiologist and a public health expert. The health ministry said it has decided to deploy high-level central teams to Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha, which are seeing a sudden surge in the number of COVID cases. Some of these states are also reporting high mortality, the ministry said. “The teams will support the states’ efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of the positive cases,” it said.

Aug 31, 2020 – 18:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

Unlock 4: Metro trains, political meets allowed in Karnataka


Metro train services in Bengaluru will resume in a graded manner from 7 September while political, social and religious congregations of up to 100 people will be permitted as part of Unlock-4 guidelines issued by the Karnataka government on Monday.  Schools, colleges and other educational and coaching institutions will remain closed for students till 30 September, while some relaxation has been given for students of classes 9 to 12, the Unlock-4 order issued by Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar in line with the Centre’s guidelines said.”Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from 7 September, 2020 in a graded manner, by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) or Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs),” it said. The standard operating procedure (SOP) will be issued by MOHUA and Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL).


Aug 31, 2020 – 17:49 (IST)

Coronavirus in India LATEST Updates

GDP growth contracted by 23.9% in Q1,

India’s GDP growth contracted by 23.9 percent in Q1  (April to June) due to COVID-19 pandemic compared to 3.1 percent growth in previous quarter, reported the Times Of India. The GVA also showed a contraction of 22.8 percent.

Aug 31, 2020 – 17:27 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karnataka  LATEST Updates

DK Shivakumar recovers from COVID-19, discharged

Congress’ Karnataka unit  president DK Shivakumar who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 infection has been discharged after recovery, the
hospital treating him said on Monday. “Shivakumar who was admitted to Suguna Hospital, Rajajinagar, since 24 August with complaints of fever and
myalgia has recovered well and discharged from the hospital,” Hospital CEO Dr Kiran Kumar B R said in a statement.  The hospitals multidisciplinary team of specialists treated Shivakumar and he responded well to the treatment, it said. Sources close to Shivakumar told news agency PTI that the 58-year-old
leader was discharged this afternoon and is back home.

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