India COVID-19 Cases Rise To 40,263 As Lockdown Phase 3 Begins Today

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Coronavirus India Live Updates: COVID-19 fatalities rose to 1,306 on Sunday. (File)

New Delhi:

Several restrictions will be eased from today even as the second extension of the pan-India lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic kicks in today. Several states have eased some rules in areas that are free of the disease and considered medium risk.

The national capital is ready to “reopen” and people “have to be ready to live with coronavirus”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told reporters on Sunday while announcing services that can resume.

Some states have allowed liquor sales by standalone shops as against those that operate out of market areas, provided there is strict social distancing and all other safety guidelines are followed.

India registered a record jump of 83 deaths and 2,487 cases in 24 hours as the number of COVID-19 fatalities rose to 1,306 and total cases climbed to 40,263 on Sunday, according to the Union health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 28,070, while 10,886 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said the US will have a coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. “We are very confident that we’re going to have a vaccine at the end of the year, by the end of the year,” Trump said.

Here are the Coronavirus Outbreak Live Updates:

Private offices to remain shut in Lucknow

In a late night order amid the nation-wide lockdown, the Lucknow administration in Uttar Pradesh said all private offices will remain shut, like before and shops on main roads will also remain shut except those selling essential goods.

Stand-alone shops, essential or non-essential, can open only in residential areas, the order said. It said stand-alone liquor shops can open between 10 am and 7 pm with conditions.

India enters lockdown phase 3

The nation-wide lockdown to tackle the coronavirus has been extended till May 17 with some restrictions being eased from today. People movement and businesses in containment zones will continue to remain restricted.

The national capital is ready to “reopen” and people “have to be ready to live with coronavirus”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told reporters on Sunday while announcing services that can resume. In Delhi, stationery shops, standalone and neighbourhood shops and residential lane shops for both essential and non-essential services can be open. Also, self-employed people like technicians, plumbers, electricians and household help will be allowed to begin work.

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