Day 52 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground report from Indian cities | India News

NEW DELHI: Thousands of migrant workers remains stuck in various cities across the country, even as the government initiated a herculean effort to resolve the mammoth crisis.
Meanwhile, Mumbai on Thursday registered 991 cases, the highest jump to be recorded in a single day, taking the overall count of cases here to 16,738. With 25 deaths, the city’s toll crossed 600 and is now 621.

Here are the updates —
1

Hyderabad

  • Seventh evacuation flight of Air India from Kuala Lumpur with 117 passengers landed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here on Thursday night
  • Stating that it will take all precautions to conduct the SSC examinations in a safe manner, Telangana government on Thursday urged the Telangana high court to accord it the required permission to conduct the examinations.
  • Hundreds of students of madrassas are stuck in Hyderabad due to Covid-19 lockdown this Ramzan and managements are finding it hard to sustain them.
  • Telangana government has issued guidelines to collect samples of migrant workers and others landing in Hyderabad from abroad and from other places in India. The guidelines are in tune with the ones issued by ICMR.
  • Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials have changed their tack, locking just the house or building where people testing positive reside. If a positive case is detected in a flat, the entire apartment complex is being locked.
  • Over 400 Indian nationals stranded across the US, Philippines and Malaysia returned to Hyderabad, on Thursday, onboard Air India’s special evacuation aircraft being operated as part of the Centre’s Vande Bharat Mission.
2

Mumbai

  • The coronavirus-induced lockdown, which has severely affected the functioning of government and semi-government departments, has led to a significant drop in cases of a bribe in Maharashtra, reflected in a low number of traps set up by the ACB in the last one-and-a-half months.
  • Another 45-year-old constable attached to Shivaji Nagar police station succumbed to coronavirus on Thursday. This takes the total deaths in the force in the city to six and nine in the state.
  • The BEST Workers’ Union, the biggest union in the transport undertaking, has given a call to 40,000 staffers to ‘Stay Home’ from Monday if the administration does not accept its demands, which include protective gear like PPE kits, masks, sanitisers and gloves for drivers and conductors, proper quarantine and hospital facilities, and Rs 1-crore medical cover for employees and their families.
  • More than 1,000 “glad and relieved” passengers arrived in the city by the first special New Delhi-Mumbai Central train on Thursday morning.
  • The city’s housing crisis, with over half its 12 million-plus people packed into cramped tenements and slums, was best exemplified recently when a Covid-19 positive woman requested authorities not to discharge her from the NSCI quarantine centre.
3

Ahmedabad

  • Shops selling essential commodities like vegetables & grocery reopened in Ahmedabad today after a week.
  • Even as Gujarat recorded 20 more deaths and 324 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, viral hotspot Ahmedabad readied itself for a mad dash for kitchen essentials after an eight-day ban on grocery and vegetable vendors that will be lifted at 8am on Friday.
  • The Gujarat high court on Thursday took note of the exorbitant fees charged by a few private hospitals to treat Covid-19, and ordered the state government to work out the modalities for uniform fee structures for all private hospitals in and around Ahmedabad.
  • In the last two days, eight toddlers, seven one-year-olds and one three-year-old have tested positive for Covid-19 in the city.
  • As many as 551 Gujaratis, stranded in the UK and Kuwait, returned back to Ahmedabad in two flights on Thursday morning.
4

Chandigarh

  • With CTU buses bringing fruits and vegetables to the residential area will stop the supply from Saturday onwards, the Chandigarh municipal corporation has issued around 400 new passes to various vegetable and fruits vendors across the city.
  • The UT police department took a sigh of relief after 12 women constables tested negative for Covid-19 on Thursday. They had given their samples after their colleague, also a woman constable tested positive on May 12.
  • While the Union government has hinted at opening of economic activities in the lockdown 4.0, the Chandigarh administration also plans to give some more relaxations, as per guidelines of the ministry of home affairs.
  • The UT education department on Thursday extended summer vacations in government and government-aided schools till further orders.
  • Epidemiological report on the largest Covid-19 cluster in Bapu Dham colony prepared by the UT health department has identified 2,475 high-risk persons.
5

Delhi

  • Supreme Court refuses to entertain a plea seeking closure of liquor shops in Delhi
  • Delhi HC declines to stay 70% special corona fees on liquor
  • We have sent proposals to the centre. Most of the people have given a proposal to wear a mask in public space & maintain social distancing. They’ve suggested that movement of buses and metro rails may be started in limited numbers to maintain social distancing, says Delhi health minister
  • After walking for several kilometres due to lack of public transport, migrant workers on Friday reached Delhi-Gazipur border on way to their homes in various parts of Uttar Pradesh
  • Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) starts bus shuttle services for railway passengers arriving at New Delhi Railway Station (ANI)
  • The Delhi government has proposed to the Centre reopening of all markets and shopping complexes with non-essential shops functioning on an odd-even basis.
6

Kolkata

  • The ubiquitous yellow taxis are likely to be back in the city’s streets from Monday with a 30 per cent hike in fares, Bengal Taxi Association (BTA) secretary Bimal Guha said here on Friday.
  • Strict physical distancing measures will be followed at the stations and on trains of North-South and East-West lines of Kolkata Metro.
  • Be prepared to shell out more to move around in the city — be it in buses, autos or cabs — once the lockdown is lifted. Private bus operators on Monday proposed a nearly three-time hike in bus fare to compensate for the reduced passenger capacity to stick to social distancing norms.
  • 105 special trains to bring 1.3 lakh stranded back to West Bengal.
  • North, central Kolkata have 188 high-risk zones but some wards show signs of healing
7

Bengaluru

  • After making paid quarantine mandatory for migrants, the government has decided to expand the network of private hospitals offering paid treatment to Covid-19 patients.
  • Those who returned to Bengaluru on a passenger train from New Delhi were “welcomed” at KSR railway station with a rude shock and a choice: They would have to compulsorily spend the next 14 days under quarantine in hotels, which they would have to pay for. The solace was they could choose the hotel.
  • The Karnataka government has decided to treat all patients in hospitals till they test negative, though the Centre on May 10 issued a circular stating home treatment/isolation can be provided for those who are asymptomatic or have mild to moderate symptoms.
8

Chennai

  • With the state continuing to see a rise in Covid-19 cases, the Tamil Nadu government is likely to announce a lockdown extension up to May 31, but with some more easing of norms.
  • Home to thousands of long-distance worthy private buses, besides its own fleet of mofussil and a/c buses, Tamil Nadu can organise some thousand buses a day to ferry guest workers to Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and even Maharashtra and Odisha.
  • More than 1,000 guest workers from Bihar gathered at Sulur late on Wednesday night, requesting officials to send them home.
  • The city’s major commercial centres, T Nagar and Broadway, are slowly coming alive after a long lull, days after the government allowed a variety of standalone shops to reopen.
9

Lucknow

  • Uttar Pradesh seeks details of people buying medicines for fever, cold from drug stores
  • The UP government on Thursday declared that it will now pay for tickets of migrant workers returning to the state by trains.
  • Three members of a Gomtinagar family, including an elderly couple, were diagnosed with Covid-19 on Thursday, three days after returning from Aligarh.
  • Coronavirus pandemic has changed age-old dress code of lawyers, as they are no longer required to wear traditional black coat and robe/gown. Instead, they will appear before the courts throughout the country in a white shirt and white neckbands.

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