Covid India: As Cases Decline, Several States Begin Unlocking

After the catastrophic second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, India is seeing a crawling decline in daily reported cases. Amid the slight consolation, the nation witness several states easing restrictions in a bid to move forward gradually towards normalcy.

As the only option left, from the past few weeks, many states in India were compelled to impose stricter curbs due to the unmanageable second wave of the deadly pandemic. On the one hand, a few states strode forward to ease the restrictions from June 1 and on the other hand, a few states did not take the risk but let continue with the restrictions for some more days.

Telangana: Telangana has extended the COVID-19 lockdown till June 10 and the state cabinet decided to give a relaxation period from 6 am to 1 pm. Earlier, this window was only for four hours between 6 am and 10 am.

Kerala: The lockdown has been extended for all of Kerala till 9 June and the Kerala government made a few modifications in the guidelines for the ongoing lockdown, allowing govt offices to function with 50 per cent capacity.

Tamil Nadu: Chief Minister Stalin announced the extension of the lockdown by another week till June 7. However, some of the relaxations are made. All the grocery shops were closed in the lockdown earlier, But now they will be allowed to sell essentials by home deliveries in their localities between 7 am and 6 pm with permission from the local bodies.

Delhi: The national capital has commenced the unlock process from May 31 with some easing of restrictions but other lockdown curbs will continue till June 7. It also gave a green signal to manufacturing and construction businesses to resume.

Maharastra: The Maharashtra government has extended the lockdown till June 15. While the non-essential shops are allowed to operate in Mumbai from Monday to Friday between 7 am and 2 pm on alternate days, they are ordered to be closed on the weekends.

Haryana: The Manohar Lala Khattar government in Haryana has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown till June 7. The ease on restrictions was to allow shops from 9 am to 3 pm which was earlier allowed to open on the odd-even basis from 7 am to 12 pm.

Uttar Pradesh: And, the Uttar Pradesh government has eased restrictions except in 20 districts including Lucknow from June 1. However, the night curfew and weekend lockdown remains in the state.

Madhya Pradesh: The lockdown will remain intact till June 15 with eased restrictions. The latest rules are to allow only four persons to gather at a religious place while marriage ceremonies could be attended by a maximum of 20 people. The number of people at a funeral procession is capped at 10.

India maintained its declining trend of new cases and reported the lowest single-day COVID-19 rise in 50 days with 1,52,734 fresh infections in the last 24 hours. Ergo, the total number of cases have reached 2,80,47,534, and the daily positivity rate stands at 9.07 per cent, which is less than 10 per cent for the seventh consecutive day.