MHA announced today May 30 that the lockdown to continue until June 30 only in containment zones. With lockdown 4.0 ending tomorrow, May 31, this new lockdown 5.0 is with many relaxations and with some restrictions to continue even in non-containment zones.
The MHA announcement comes on when India has reported the highest number of coronavirus infection cases of more than 8,000 to take the total tally to 1,73,763 persons. It is also a day when an Air India flight en route to Russia was returned to Delhi empty as only midway the pilot of the plane was found to be COVID 19 positive.
MHA announces lockdown 5.0
Yesterday the prime minister and home minister discussed in detail on the lockdown. It is after the home minister spoke to many chief ministers about the extension of lockdown. Though lockdown was expected in the 13 cities, which contribute to nearly 70 % of total coronavirus infections in India, now the lockdown announced is only for the containment zones.
The other places will have a lot of relaxation but with some restrictions to continue. Also, the relaxations are in a phased manner and only to start from June 8. The curfew time of 7 PM to 7 AM is now been extended from 9 PM to 5 AM. But there is no restriction of interstate transport of persons and goods, and there is no need for e-pass to travel to any other state.
Phase I relaxations starting from June 8
All religious places for worship
Hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and hospitality services
Phase II relaxations
School, colleges, and other educational, training and coaching institutions will reopen considering the state requirements and consulting the parents and most probably only in July
International air travel for passengers
Metro rails, cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, theaters, bars, entertainment parks, assembly halls, auditoriums, and other similar places
All functions relating to social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, and religious which have large gatherings
The phases II and III will be allowed only after assessing the situation ground situation I and in consultation with all stakeholders concerned.
Tamil Nadu coronavirus and containment zones
As usual, today, Tamil Nadu had the highest number of coronavirus infected cases so far. Today’s tally of 938 takes the total to 21,184, and the total death toll to 160, including today’s 19 deaths. As of a May 23 extraordinary government gazette, there are more than 1,143 containment zones in Tamil Nadu. It includes
Chennai – 635
Tiruvallur – 119
Chengalpattu – 107
Tiruvannamalai – 54
Kancheepuram – 35
The remaining districts had less than 30 containment zones.
With the lockdown to continue in all these more than 1100 containment zones to continue until June 30, will the government conduct the 10th board exams is the big question now?