As the number of coronavirus cases in India crossed 40,000, the Armed Forces saluted the efforts of healthcare workers and essential service providers.
INS Jalashwa of Eastern Naval Command in the Bay of Bengal saluted the workers by forming a 'Thank You' on its deck. The Indian Coast Guard ships of Mangaluru coast illuminated as a mark of tribute to frontline warriors.
The IAF conducted flypasts in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Patna, and Lucknow. In cities across India, IAF helicopters dropped rose petals on select hospitals. Military bands also played tuned outside various civil hospitals treating coronavirus patients.
According to the data compiled by the Indian Council of Medical Research, India completed one million coronavirus tests. According to officials, the tests show the spread of coronavirus is far more contained than Spain or the US, as they had over 200,000 and 164,000 positive cases when the countries crossed the million-test mark.
Several state governments are now preparing to ease lockdown restrictions. Tamil Nadu government issued standard operating procedures for the resumption of construction activities.
Delhi has allowed staggered opening of private offices, however, travel by flight, Delhi Metro, and bus will continue. Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Assam, and Goa are also allowing the sale and purchase of alcohol from May 4, albeit with restrictions.
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