Latest updates for Coronavirus: Bihar clamps for the massive influx of migrants

NEW DELHI: The national shutdown in India stretched for a further two weeks on Friday as the country registered 2,333 new cases, its largest single-day record to date. According to the update from the health ministry on Saturday morning, the total number of infections in India was 37,336. So far, the country has reported 1,218 deaths.

Here are the latest updates on coronavirus:

Bihar prepares for massive influx of migrants

After a six-hour meeting, Prime Minister Nitish Kumar asked officials to fasten their socks, as immigrants, students and pilgrims, who are said to number in the millions, appear to be ready to flock home to aboard special trains operated by the Center. The CM directed officials to ensure that quarantine centers have excellent food, shelter, sanitation and medical facilities and that isolation centers must be in place at the block and panchayat level. Bihar has reported 466 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday.

122 of 480 CRPF staff test positive

So far, 122 of 480 CRPF personnel from the 31st battalion based at Mayur Vihar have tested positive for Covid-19. The entire battalion has been quarantined and all Covid-19 personnel have been housed in the Mandoli Quarantine Center. Of the 368 test results, 33% tested positive and 112 results are expected.

The national blockade lasted two weeks, with some relaxation

The second phase of the national closure was scheduled to end on May 3, but now the coronavirus-induced closure has been extended for two more weeks until May 17. However, the Center has allowed some relaxation this time. Greenbelt districts will witness maximum curb relaxation. There are also some relaxations in the orange areas. Most of the red zones will continue to be strictly blocked. The Center warned states that loosening the restrictions does not mean diluting the social distancing measures that should be religiously implemented.

Is your district in a green, orange, or red zone?

According to the notification from the Center, 130 districts in India are red zones, 284 are orange zones and 319 are green zones. Most of the red zones are found in Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. of districts.

Prohibited activities across India

Travel by air, rail, subway, rapid transit, and interstate movement by road remains prohibited throughout the country. So are the functioning of educational institutions and training centers; hospitality services, including hotels and restaurants; movie theaters, shopping malls, gyms, sports complexes; and social, religious, political, cultural, and other gatherings. But movement by air, rail, and road has been allowed for select purposes. The sale of liquor and tobacco products is not prohibited.

Activities allowed in green areas.

All activities are permitted, except for the limited number of activities that are prohibited across the country, regardless of area. However, buses can operate with a seating capacity of up to 50 percent and bus depots can operate with a capacity of up to 50 percent.

Activities allowed in red zones

In the red zones, private four-wheelers with a maximum of two passengers in the back are allowed, but for two-wheelers, no passengers are allowed. E-commerce companies cannot start delivering non-essential items. Cycle rickshaws, car rickshaws, taxis and taxi aggregators, intra-district and inter-district bus and barber, spa and salon travel are prohibited. EEZs and industrial estates can work. Private offices can operate with up to 33% strength. Independent stores can be opened in the neighborhood. Non-essential items stores cannot open in market complexes.

Activities allowed in orange areas

In addition to the activities allowed in the red zone, taxis and taxi aggregators with 1 driver and 1 passenger only will be allowed. Movement of people and vehicles between districts will be allowed only for permitted activities. Four-wheeled vehicles will have a maximum of two passengers in addition to the driver and passengers will be allowed to drive in two-wheeled vehicles. E-commerce companies can start delivering non-essential items.

Assam welcomes the blocking extension; collects Rs 1.62 crore in fine for violating blockade

On Friday, the Assam government welcomed the Center's decision to extend the coronavirus-induced blockade by two more weeks from May 4, but said it will review the relaxations reported by the Interior Ministry, according to an official statement. . Assam police said on Friday that they arrested 3,673 people statewide in the past 38 days for violating the blockade and collected more than Rs 1.62 crore as a fine.

The first special train carrying migrants arrives in Jharkhand

India n Railways began operating nonstop special trains, called the 'Shramik Special', on Friday to transport migrant workers, students and tourists back to their home states after a go-ahead from the union's home ministry. The first train, carrying just over 1,000 people, left Hyderabad's Lingampally railway station for Hatia in Jharkhand in the early hours of Friday. Later, the railways operated five more trains: Flood to Bhubaneswar, Nasik to Lucknow, Nasik to Bhopal, Jaipur to Patna and Kota to Hatia, on the day. Ministry officials said a few more trains will be run in the coming days.

Aarogya Setu app is mandatory

The local authority shall ensure 100% coverage of Aarogya Setu app among the For all residents in Containment Zones, downloading Aarogya Setu app is mandatory . The local authorities will be responsible for ensuring 100% coverage. The app has also been made mandatory for employees working in the private and public sector.

WB government asks pvt hospitals to resume normal services

The West Bengal Health Department issued directives on Friday to private hospitals and health care facilities to resume normal services on a planned basis. Ensuring the safety, security and comfort of the medical personnel involved in such facilities needs the highest priority, he said.

PM deliberates on sectoral measures to boost growth

Prime Minister Modi discussed on Friday how the workforce can boost India's growth and reviewed the performance of the aviation and energy sectors, with a focus on reducing costs and making them more efficient. He said deliberations on workplace well-being were held during the meeting.

Rigorous police checks on the Delhi-Gurugram border

Gurugram police are checking for curfew passes and ensuring that no non-essential movement of the vehicle occurs during the blockade to curb the spread of COVID-19. Those who cross the border are required to download the Aarogya Setu app. Your thermal scan will also be performed and quick tests will also be performed. Gurugram is in the orange zone, while Delhi is in the red zone.

Nepal receives 3,000 coronavirus test kits from Germany

Germany has provided 3,000 coronavirus test kits to Nepal to combat the pandemic. This is part of the bilateral cooperation between Germany and Nepal to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, said a statement from the German Embassy in Kathmandu. The 3,000 PCR test kits arrived in Nepal on Saturday via a French repatriation flight. These are part of a total of 20,000 Covid-19 test kits ordered from Germany.

New York nursing home reports 98 coronavirus-related deaths

A New York City nursing home reported the deaths of 98 residents believed to have had the coronavirus on Friday, a staggering death toll that shocked public officials. It is absolutely horrible, said Mayor Bill de Blasio. It's hard to say if the series of deaths at the Isabella Geriatric Center in Manhattan is the worst outbreak in nursing homes so far in the US. USA, because even within city facilities they have chosen to report deaths in different ways. An official state count of nursing home deaths listed just 13 in the home as of Friday.