Day 60 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground report from Indian cities

Day 60 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground report from Indian cities

NEW DELHI: Streets were once again jammed with traffic and mask-wearing shoppers were seen in markets in various cities across the country as the almost two-month-long lockdown was eased earlier this week.

This was also the week when the number of coronavirus cases in the country crossed the 1,00,000-mark.

Here are the latest updates


  • With the easing of lockdown restrictions and the commencement of vehicular movement in the capital and nearby regions, the pollution level in Delhi docked in the higher end of the ‘moderate’ category with the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 162 at 9 am on Saturday.
  • The total number of containment zones in the city reached 86 on Friday after nine new areas were declared as containment zones.
  • The excise department on Friday ordered the opening of 66 private liquor stores that sell foreign and Indian-made foreign liquor in the capital. This is in addition to about 172 shops run by government agencies that were allowed to open from May 4.
  • Fresh Covid-19 cases in Delhi touched another new peak on Friday, the fourth in as many days, with 660 infections added to the city’s virus count, which crossed the 12,000 mark.


  • The BMC on Friday finally issued orders allowing home delivery of liquor during the lockdown; across-the-counter sale remains barred. Deliveries will not be allowed in containment zones, or areas where a Covid-19 patient or his high-risk contacts live.
  • The city’s toll breached the 900 mark even as cases continued to rise by over a thousand for the sixth consecutive day. On Friday, 1,751 cases — the highest single-day rise — were registered. The only silver lining was that it recorded 27 deaths as against 41 on the two preceding days, taking the toll to 909.
  • In order to reduce waiting time of patients for ambulances, the BMC has decided to make use of the technology platform of app cabs so that it can track the movement of government ambulances realtime and despatch them quickly where they are needed.


  • Tamil Nadu govt has allowed plying of autos and cycle rickshaws from today amid Covid-19 lockdown, except in Chennai & containment zones.
  • Tamil Nadu govt permits beauty parlours to function in all rural areas excluding Greater Chennai Police limits from May 24 between 7 am and 7 pm.
  • Chennai recorded 569 cases as top health, finance, revenue and disaster management officials on increasing hospital beds, care centres, and facility for quarantine in Chennai in preparation for the peak and a staggered exit from the lockdown.


  • Belagavi-Bengaluru tri-weekly special train started its maiden run at 8 am today. 99 passengers have boarded the train at Belagavi.
  • Karnataka government may allow schools to reopen in August but is yet to decide whether teaching should be online or in classrooms or a mix of both.
  • People returning to Karnataka by air, rail or road from Maharashtra, Gujarat, TN, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and are asymptomatic will have to undergo institutional quarantine for seven days followed by seven days of home quarantine if their test results come negative.
  • Karnataka returnees from all other states will be exempted from institutional quarantine and will be asked to home-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Karnataka on Thursday notched up another feat in its fight against Covid-19 by conducting 11,449 tests in a single day. The number of daily tests has gone up by nearly 250% from 3,279 on April 22.


  • Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials confirmed that tracing primary and secondary contacts of Covid-19 patients who have drivers and domestic workers has turned out to be a hectic task.
  • Four TRS legislators have written to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to provide free government quarantine instead of paid quarantine to Telangana workers returning from the Gulf.
  • Making a major shift in the treatment protocol of Covid-19 patients, the medical and health department is now contemplating treating mild patients also after coming across instances of entire familie

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