In the first easing of lockdown measures for Covid-19, hotels in Kerala, highway dhabas in Haryana, tea gardens in West Bengal and mining in Jharkhand will be among the establishments that will open for business from today as states across India partially lift curbs as part of a staggered reopening of the economy. The selective relaxation allowed by the Centre during the second phase of nationwide lockdown, in force till May 3, focuses on the rural sector and daily-wage earners and do not apply to so-called hot spot districts .
Delhi, however, will not ease any restrictions as coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases are on the rise in the national capital, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday. Click here for full coverage on coronavirus
The number of Covid-19 cases in India climbed to 17,265 on Monday including 543 deaths, according to health ministry.
Elsewhere in the world, Germany will also allow smaller stores to open Monday as Europe saw encouraging signs Sunday, with Italy, Spain, France and Britain seeing drops in daily death tolls and slowing infection rates.
The United States, continues to be the nation most affected by coronavirus, recording more than 746,000 coronavirus cases and 40,000 deaths so far.
Here are the live updates on coronavirus:
09:10 AM IST
With virus ‘under control’, Germany begins opening up
Germany will take its first steps back towards normality on Monday, with smaller shops in some regions opening up for the first time in a month after politicians declared the coronavirus “under control”, reports AFP.
From florists to fashion stores, the majority of shops smaller than 800 square metres (8,600 square feet) will be allowed to welcome customers again, in a first wave of relaxations to strict curbs on public life introduced last month.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and regional state premiers announced the decision to reopen last week, though they have been careful to cast it as no more than a cautious first step.
08:40 AM IST
More US protests call for lifting coronavirus restrictions as governors push back
Protests flared in US states on Sunday over stay-at-home orders while governors disputed President Donald Trump’s claims they have enough tests for the novel coronavirus and should quickly reopen their economies, reports Reuters.
An estimated 2,500 people rallied at the Washington state capitol in Olympia to protest Democratic Governor Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order, defying a ban on gatherings of 50 or more people.
In Denver, hundreds of people gathered at the state capitol to demand the end to Colorado’s shutdown. As protesters clogged streets with cars, healthcare workers in scrubs and face masks stood at intersections in counterprotest.
08:40 AM IST
Central govt employees in Delhi to be allowed to go to offices on basis of IDs: Police
Central government employees in Delhi will be allowed to go to their offices o the basis of their identity cards. Though additional activities proposed by Centre from today have not been allowed by Delhi government, however, central govt employees above the rank of Deputy Secretary will be attending their offices 100% & lower staff 30%, Additional Commissioner of Police, Special Branch, said in a notification.
Additional activities proposed with effect from 20.04.2020 are not allowed in Delhi until further orders. However, central govt employees above the rank of Deputy Secy will be attending their offices 100% & lower staff 30%: Additional Commissioner of Police, Special Branch #Delhi pic.twitter.com/Fkv2xIxp8w
— ANI (@ANI) April 20, 2020
07:47 AM IST
Workers gather outside jute mills in Bengal’s Barrackpore
Workers gathered outside many jute mills in Barrackpore, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, on Monday, the day when limited economic activities will be allowed across India amid the second phase of lockdown.
Bengal government has allowed 15% of workforce for resumption of operations in mills during lockdown, reports ANI
WB: Workers stand outside jute mills in Barrackpore, North 24 Parganas. State govt has allowed 15% of workforce for resumption of operations in mills during lockdown. Workers say, “Mills haven’t opened. We were called here by our contractor. Haven’t received any info from mills.” pic.twitter.com/OX2gjHW3XC
— ANI (@ANI) April 20, 2020
07:40 AM IST
US crude falls below $15 a barrel as coronavirus throttles demand
US crude crashed to below $15 a barrel on Monday, its lowest level for over two decades, as concerns about a coronavirus-triggered demand shock and lack of storage eclipsed an output cut deal, reports AFP.
07:39 AM IST
Trump would be willing to give coronavirus aid to Iran if asked
US President Donald Trump said Sunday he would be willing to provide aid to Iran to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic if Tehran requested it, reports Reuters.
“If Iran needed aid on this, I would be willing,” Trump said at a White House briefing.
07:19 AM IST
NHAI resumes toll collection on national highways
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has resumed toll collection on national highways from today. It comes as India is slowly easing the restrictions brought in to contain the coronavirus pandemic from today in order to revive stalled economic activities.
The NHAI had suspended toll collection on all national highways after the 21-day nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24.
07:19 AM IST
Telangana extends lockdown till May 7, no relaxation to any sector
Telangana has extended lockdown period till May 7. The state cabinet on Sunday also decided not to give any relaxations to any sector from Monday, as against the Centre’s proposal to provide certain relaxations to various sectors.
06:51 AM IST
China reports 12 new mainland coronavirus cases on April 19
China reported 12 new confirmed coronavirus cases on April 19, down from 16 a day earlier, with no new deaths, the country’s health authority said on Monday, reports Reuters.
Of the total, eight were imported, down from nine on the previous day, the National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin.
06:37 AM IST
US records 1,997 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Report
The number of coronavirus deaths in the United States rose by almost 2,000 in the past 24 hours to reach 40,661 on Sunday, a tally from Johns Hopkins University showed, reports news agency AFP.
The rise in deaths, by 1,997, is marginally above the 1,891 which Johns Hopkins data showed a day earlier for the previous 24-hour period to Saturday.
06:20 AM IST
Selective relaxation in nationwide lockdown measures from today
In the first easing of lockdown measures for Covid-19, hotels in Kerala, highway dhabas in Haryana, tea gardens in West Bengal and mining in Jharkhand will be among the establishments that will open for business from today as states across India partially lift curbs as part of a staggered reopening of the economy. State governments are expecting 10 to 25% of industries to restart operations, multiple officials said on Sunday.
First published: Apr 20, 2020 05:43 IST