Lockdown 5 in India: With over 1.90 lakh cases, India now 7th worst-hit nation

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Tracker, India Lockdown 5.0 Guidelines News Live Updates: With over 1.90 lakh cases, India climbed to the 7th spot from the 9th on 10 countries worst-hit by Covid-19. The death toll stands at 5394. Lockdown 5.0 begins today

Coronavirus India News Live Updates: With over 1.90 lakh cases, India climbed to the 7th spot from the 9th on 10 countries worst-hit by Covid-19. The death toll stands at 5394. Curbs will be relaxed in states today as Centre’s ‘Unlockdown’ strategy goes into effect from today. The lockdown is now limited only to containment zones for a month till June 30 and states are free to resume normal life outside containment zones.

Even as the Ministry of Home Affairs introduced a number of relaxations in Lockdown 5.0 opening up places of worship, hotels, restaurants and malls from Monday, it has been decided that the Noida-Delhi border would remain closed. The decision was taken on Sunday in consultaion with health and police authorities. The Railways said it would begin operations of 200 special trains from Monday and over 1.45 lakh passengers would travel on the first day.

Addressing the nation during his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had cautioned people against showing any laxity in the fight against coronavirus and asked them to be “extra alert and careful”, while acknowledging that the poor and labourers have been hit the hardest by the crisis. “Becoming careless cannot be an option,” he had said.

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Fifth phase of lockdown begins Monday. Here’s what you must know

This is actually not an extension of the full lockdown. The guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs say that the lockdown is being extended until June 30 only in containment zones. These containment zones will be demarcated by states, depending upon the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in an area. For areas outside of containment zones, this is the lifting of the lockdown in a phased manner.

Malls, hotels, and restaurants; places of worship; schools and colleges, all have been allowed to open in a phased manner over the next couple of months. Malls, hotels, and restaurants, and religious places such as temples, mosques, and churches will reopen from June 8.

Schools, colleges, coaching institutes, and other such educational institutions will open in July, after due consultations with parents and other stakeholders.

The Indian Railways have already announced that 100 pairs of trains will start running from Monday (June 1). Bookings for these trains are open, and you can book your seat/berth up to 30 days in advance.

International flights, Metro trains, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places shall remain out of bounds for now. Religious, political, and all other such congregations shall remain prohibited.

This means that while you can go to the temple, you cannot join a religious procession in a festival. This, however, will be eased in Phase III of this unlocking, after due consultations with stakeholders.

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