Coronavirus updates for May 11
The Home Ministry has allowed partial movement of passenger trains from May 12. According to the guidelines, only asymptomatic travellers and people with confirmed tickets will be allowed to travel between select routes. All passengers will be compulsorily screened before boarding the train.
In a meeting with chief ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the lockdown will have to continue. Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, and Bihar opposed the decision to run passenger trains. While Kerala suggested that repatriated Indians undergo antibody tests before boarding the flights, Karnataka proposed to do away with district-wise demarcation of coronavirus zones.
The number of COVID-19 cases in India jumped to over 69,000, with the count the 12th highest in the world, and just behind China. The Health Ministry has reported 4,213 infections in the last 24 hours. Mumbai's coronavirus tally now accounts for one-fifth of the entire nation. The number of new infections in Tamil Nadu is also on the rise, with Chennai witnessing its second-highest spike.
Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
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Railways will make it mandatory for travellers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure, and passengers will be asked to arrive at the station at least an hour before departure.
Indian Council of Medical Research has set a target of carrying out around one lakh tests across the country per day. For this crucial work, India Post, with its vast network of 1,56,000 post offices, has once again turned into a COVID-19 warrior.
The Aarogya Setu Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) is a toll-free service that lets citizens give a missed call to the number 1921 and get a call back requesting inputs regarding their health.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also asked officials to prepare a detailed action plan to motivate entrepreneurs to set up new MSME units.
The large-scale movement of migrant workers from urban to rural India and the problems their return to home states might cause in restarting the economy was also discussed during the fifth virtual interaction between the prime minister and chief ministers.
The media and entertainment sector is expected to witness 16 percent decline in revenue for FY21, due to fall in advertisement and subscription income in the wake of coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Union Minister for MSMEs, Nitin Gadkari, said that the situation "was very bad" despite the three-month moratorium on loan repayments announced by the RBI.
India stands a good chance to emerge as a reliable substitute, given its congenial landscape for manufacturing as well as its vast consumer market.
As per the order, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation will form 100 teams, who will help 17,000 retail shops of vegetables, fruits, milk, and groceries etc to get online payment app installed on their mobile phones.
This will be a first of its kind for Marriott International Hotels across India as it adapts to this new model for home delivery service, Swiggy said.
Interacting with chief ministers via video conference, PM Modi flagged that problems have increased wherever social distancing norms were not followed or there has been laxity in implementation of the lockdown guidelines.