Staffers at Gandhi Darshan and Rajghat Gandhi Memorial undergo Covid-19 tests in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: The Covid-19 tally in India continued to see a daily massive surge in cases even as the Centre on Wednesday announced the guidelines as part of Unlock 5.0 from October 15. On Thursday, the total caseload in the country rose to 6,312,584 after 86,821 cases were recorded in 24 hours. The number of fatalities stood at 98,678.
As part of Unlock 5.0, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday released a new set of guidelines, allowing cinemas and multiplexes to open with 50 per cent capacity from October 15. While states and Union Territories can take a decision on whether to open schools from the same date, the limits on outdoor gatherings have been removed whereas indoors gatherings will be allowed with 50 per cent capacity.
Kerala has now climbed to the third position among states with the highest number of active cases. With a record daily caseload of 8,830 reported on Wednesday, the active cases in the state went up to 67,061. Only Maharashtra and Karnataka have more active cases, with 2,60,363 and 1, 07,737, respectively (as on September 29).
Globally, over 33.5 million people have been infected while more than one million have succumbed to the virus.
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Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation healthcare staff conduct rapid antigen test outside Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha Kochrab Ashram on Wednesday.
The new unlockdown norms mean that the only thing that remains completely barred (outside containment zones) are international flights, except “when permitted by the MHA”. India already has air bubble arrangements with 13 countries.
Business to business exhibitions are allowed, too, and swimming pools “being used for sportspersons” are also permitted to open, as are entertainment parks. All of these will have SOPs issued by their governing ministries and will be permitted to open from October 15.
On the re-opening of schools, the MHA said “State/ UT Governments have been given the flexibility to take a decision after 15th October 2020, in a graded manner.”
The decision will be taken in consultation with the respective school/institution management, based on their assessment of the situation. However, the ministry said online learning shall continue to be the “preferred” mode of teaching and shall be “encouraged.