Report By: Nandika Chand | Last Updated June 5, 2020
As India prepares to ease lockdown gradually with reopening of places of worship, malls and restaurants, the number of COVID-19 cases has surged to 2,26,770. The Health Ministry recorded another day of 9,851 fresh cases, for a second consecutive day.
Latest data also shows that in the past 24-hours, a total of 5,355 COVID-19 patients have been cured of the virus. The total number of recoveries is now over one lakh. The health ministry said there are 1,10,960 active cases. All are under active medical supervision. Experts have also sounded the alarm that if the same rate continues, India will cross the COVID-19 tally of Italy in just two days.
According to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the government, restaurant and food courts will operate at 50 per cent seating capacity with a mandatory distance of six feet between tables. There will be no common prayer mats, physical offerings like prasad or sprinkling of holy water in places of worship.
Meanwhile, NITI Aayog has pointed out that 64 per cent of India’s COVID-19 cases are centered around 15 districts/cities. The government think-tank’s CEO Amitabh Kant said there is a need to dynamically contain new emerging areas. Most of the cases are in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat.