Day 61 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground report from Indian cities | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Covid-19 cases in India saw the biggest spike for the third consecutive day on Sunday with 6,767 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 1,31,868, while the death toll due to the disease rose to 3,867 after 147 more fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry. Around 41.28 per cent of patients have recovered so far.

Here are the latest developments:


  • Covid-19 cases in Karnataka breached the 2,000 mark on Sunday with the detection of 97 cases, most of them returnees to the state from Maharashtra, the health department said.
  • Mysuru-Bengaluru air service will resume tomorrow. However, uncertainty over Mysuru- Chennai, Mysuru-Hyderabad services continues.
  • Karnataka has doubled the number of coronavirus tests conducted from one lakh to two lakh, state minister for medical education Dr K Sudhakar said on Sunday.
  • Only ambulances and vehicles on essential duty are allowed to ply during the curfew period. Shops selling medicines, groceries, vegetables, fruits and poultry and meat products have been allowed to open but ensure customers maintain physical distancing and stand in queues.
  • Karnataka government, however, allowed weddings prefixed on Sunday amid the lockdown with a slew of riders to ensure health and social distancing.


  • UP govt withdraws the order that banned the use of mobile phones by patients in isolation wards of L-2 & L-3 dedicated Covid-19 hospitals. The state govt had issued an order last day banning use of cellphones by patients in isolation wards of these hospitals.
  • Chief minister Yogi Adityanath holds a meeting with the senior govt officers over Covid-19 situation in the state.
  • A ‘food crisis’ stares at over 1,000 animals of Lucknow Zoo with income dropping to almost zero since the lockdown was imposed as zoo is largely dependent on sale of entry tickets for every expenditure including procurement of animal feed and payment of daily labour.


  • Markets witness relatively low footfall in Chennai ahead of Eid-Ul-Fitr as Covid-19 induced lockdown continues. A shopkeeper in Triplicane area says, “The sheen of Ramzan & Eid is missing this year. Our business is badly hit as sales have gone down”.
  • Tamil Nadu Government issues SOPs for domestic air travel- All travellers coming into the state shall register themselves in TNePass portal and (if asymptomatic) shall undergo 14-day home quarantine.
  • Further easing curbs, the Tamil Nadu government on Sunday allowed 17 industrial estates here to resume work from tomorrow with conditions, including confining the workforceto 25 per cent and implementing safety measures.
  • Greater Chennai Corporation is slowly resuming civic work that had piled up during the lockdown.


  • More than 2.6 lakh migrant labourers have so far been sent back to their native states by the Haryana government in 60 special trains and over 5,000 state transport buses, an official spokesperson said on Sunday.
  • The administration is forming special teams to take random Covid-19 samples at high-risk zones, like slums and colonies besides villages.
  • With number of migrants opting for last minute withdrawal from boarding the Shramik Special trains from Chandigarh and Kalka, the authorities are facing a tough time and the issue has now become a matter of concern as hefty amount is spent to make arrangement for a single train.


  • The Gujarat high court has questioned the state government’s decision to not allow private laboratories to conduct Covid-19 tests, saying whether this is meant to “artificially control” the data of number of coronavirus cases in the state.
  • The Congress on Sunday lashed out at the Gujarat government over the state’s “sick healthcare system” and also targeted PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the issue.
  • Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has asked all industrial units not to call workers, who have come to the city from outside, until they complete 14 days mandatory self quarantine period here.


  • The festive atmosphere was missing on the eve of Eid in the national capital on Sunday as people preferred to stay at their homes to offer namaz and most shops wore a deserted due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.
  • With 508 new cases, the total number of Covid-19 positive cases in Delhi is now 13,418 (till midnight of 23rd May), total death toll 261: Health minister Satyendra Jain
  • The Dean of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital has tested positive for coronavirus infection. Dr Rajeev Sood, who is looking after the management of Covid-19 manpower at the hospital, tested positive for the infection on Saturday.
  • Clearing the air on the rules governing entry of domestic and service staff, the Ghaziabad administration on Saturday said RWAs cannot ban the entry of service providers but only act as facilitators.


  • The Eid-ul-Fitr festival has lost its sheen this year due to Covid-19 outbreak and many Muslim community members in Mumbai have decided to keep the celebration a low key affair on Monday by offering namaz at home and not wear any new clothes on the occasion.
  • Amid the ongoing lockdown, Sion Friends Circle group provided study materials to the poor and needy children in Mumbai. Due to the lockdown, the children were unable to attend school and did not have access to online study materials, and so the group decided to distribute study materials among them.
  • Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said he has sought more time from the Civil Aviation Ministry to resume domestic air travel in the state and added that he cannot ensure if lockdown will be over by May 31 as “multiplication of virus” is picking up.
  • Need to be extra cautious during monsoon: Uddhav Thackeray on rising Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra.


  • Specialised disaster management teams of the NDRF are rendering help in the massive clean-up operation in cyclone-hit West Bengal.
  • Domestic flight operations look unlikely to commence at Kolkata airport from Monday with CM Mamata Banerjee saying the state required time till at least May 28. Sources said flights may resume on May 30.
  • Record 6,767 new Covid-19 cases in India in last 24 hours, tally rises to 1,31,868; death toll climbs to 3,867, says Union health ministry.


  • Telangana minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday decided to release the weaver’s money accrued under the ‘Thrift Scheme’ (Nethannaku Cheyutha) well before the lock-in period of three years in the wake of the increasing crisis due to coronavirus.
  • Telangana chief secretary Somesh Kumar said that till Saturday 88 trains have transported 1.22 lakh migrant workers from various stations in the state to their native places.
  • The Union health ministry, in its revised advisory, has brought three more categories of people under the umbrella of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) prophylaxis (treatment given or action taken to prevent disease), at a time when most discussions are centred on the efficacy of the drug in patients with Covid-19.

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