From Delhi to Tamil Nadu, states and Union Territories gradually relax lockdown restrictions as caseload reduces across India.
Covid-19 cases across the country have been gradually decreasing. The states which had resorted to lockdowns to combat the rapid spread of the virus are slowly loosening the restrictions.
Most state governments have however warned that "unlock" is going to be a phased process. They took this decision to avoid crowds and gatherings, which might lead to a steep surge in cases again.
Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, has said that the capital is going to "gradually unlock" from 5:00 AM on 31st May (Monday). Lockdown has been effective in Delhi since April 19th, 2021. The Chief Minister has stated that factories and construction works would be the first to reopen. Delhi's caseload had reached as high as 28,000. With the dep in the number of cases, in the last 24 hours, the capital has recorded 900 fresh cases. This is the first time in the second wave that Delhi's case count has reached below the 1000 mark.
Pune seems to have combated well against the fierce second wave of covid. The number of fresh infections has remained below the 3,000-mark for the last five days. The positivity rate has also dipped below 10 percent. Weekend lockdown in Pune is being withdrawn and the shops for essential materials are to remain open from 7:00 AM- 11:00 AM, on all weekdays.
The West Bengal government has extended the lockdown across the state till June 15th. However, the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee has announced a few relaxations. In a recent press meet, she has stated that the state does not want its economy to suffer. Several industries are thus allowed to remain open. The government is going to allow the jute industry to operate with a 40 percent workforce instead of the previously mentioned 30 percent.
MK Stalin's government is going to extend lockdown in Tamil Nadu till June 7th. Grocery shops, that were ordered to be shut in the first phase of the lockdown, have been allowed to sell essential goods. These necessary items are to be sold in carts or vehicles in their localities. Permission has to be got from the local authorities. The time frame issued by the government is from 7:00 AM till 6:00 PM in the evening.