Day 8 of coronavirus unlock 1.0: Ground report from Indian cities

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TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Jun 8, 2020, 12:03 IST

A worker sanitizes a mall in South Delhi.

NEW DELHI: The death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 7,135 and the number of cases climbed to 2,56,611 in the country after it registered 206 fatalities and a record single-day spike of 9,983 cases till Monday 8 am. India is the fifth worst-hit nation by the Covid-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK, according to Johns Hopkins University data. As many as 1,24,094 people have recovered in India.

Here are the updates —

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DELHI The Delhi government has allowed restaurants, shopping malls and places of worship to open from Monday. They will have to comply with the standard operating procedures issued by the Union ministry of health and family welfare on June 4. Delhi government has decided to withdraw from Wednesday the 70% special corona fee levied on liquor a month ago. The government has, however, decided to increase the value added tax (VAT) on liquor from 20% to 25%, June 10 onwards. Sai Baba Mandir in Lodhi Road, Sri Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Jhandewalan temple reopened for devotees on Monday. The Delhi cabinet decided on Sunday to reserve admission of patients to state government-run and private hospitals to only residents of the city.

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MUMBAI BEST operated 1,778 buses in Mumbai Metropolitan region till 9.30am with 3,500 staffers including drivers, conductors and bus/ticket inspectors. The Covid-19 death toll in the state crossed 3,000 on Sunday, exactly three months after the pandemic struck. Of this, 774 happened in June first week — including 91 on Sunday— pushing the mortality rate for June to 4.22% — much above the national average of 2.8%. In a first, BEST buses will travel as far as Virar, Badlapur and Panvel to help people reach their workplaces from Monday, when offices are to reopen with 10% staff. Roughly one-third (35%) of all Covid-19 cases in India are from Maharashtra, but when it comes to insurance claims from those treated for the virus, 60% are from the state, according to data from IRDAI.

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BENGALURU Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) including the zoo, the butterfly park and the animal safari will reopen for visitors from Monday after a gap of 85 days. The 731.9 hectare facility was closed on March 15. An offer from private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients for families below the poverty line (BPL) has gained support of a section of a committee formed by the government to take a call on the issue. According to the proposal, private hospitals will treat this category for patients at Rs 5,200 to Rs 10,000 per day under the Ayushman Bharat Arogya Karnataka. Seven software engineers in a locality on the northern fringe of Bengaluru have turned to parttime gardening, growing vegetables during the lockdown. The seven, all residents of Kanakashree Layout in Hennur, have converted terraces and vacant plots in the layout into kitchen gardens, growing organic vegetables and greens. The Karnataka government has issued SOPs to ensure shrines follow the new normal and 6ft distance is maintained between devotees, masks are used by everyone, premises are sanitised, spitting is banned, and all physical contact like shaking hands or hugging each other is avoided.

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LUCKNOW Around 800 gyms in the city are facing threat of closure because many members are asking to refund fees as there is no clarity as to when workouts can resume and even if centres restart, exercising in masks and sanitization of machines every time after being used by a person would be impossible, posing risk of infection. Various temples in Vrindavan and Mathura decided not to open temple for public because of the use of alcohol-based sanitisers on the premises. Artificial intelligence-based smart cameras will count and automatically show the number of visitors in real time on electronic display boards in some of the city malls when they will reopen on Monday after a gap of about 85 days. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday pitched for devising a fresh employment plan by June 15 to engage migrants in various development projects including construction of expressways, canals, medical colleges, roads and universities.

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CHENNAI Restaurants will resume dine-in services from Monday, after a break of 70 days in Chennai. Eateries that would open are unlikely to increase prices in Chennai, though restaurants across the rest of TN are mulling a 10% increase in prices in the next couple of weeks. As per the directions from the school education department, more than two lakh teachers would return to their schools on Monday to carry out Class X exam preparatory works.

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