Coronavirus (Covid-19) Tracker India News Live Updates: With 5,609 cases in the last 24 hours, India’s tally of coronavirus infections Thursday rose to 1,12,359, including 3,435 deaths. There are 63,624 active cases, while 45,300 have been discharged.
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: The Airports Authority of India Thursday issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for recommencement of domestic flight operations, a day after the Centre said it will reopen the airspace from May 25. Among the key guidelines include mandatory use of Aarogya Setu app for those above 14 years, sanitation of baggage before entering the airport, restrictions on vehicles entering the departure zone. Besides, 100 trains will be reintroduced from June 1 in the second phase of graded resumption of passenger train operations in India. Booking of the tickets will start Thursday onwards.
With 5,609 cases in the last 24 hours, India’s tally of coronavirus infections Thursday rose to 1,12,359, including 3,435 deaths. There are 63,624 active cases, while 45,300 have been discharged. India has the 11th highest cases across the world. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state in the country. Apart from the infection, West Bengal and Odisha are now also fighting the super cyclone Amphan — which has killed 10 in Bengal and has been called ‘bigger than COVID’ by CM Mamata Banerjee.
Globally, more than 5 million people have been infected with the virus, while 3,25,810 have died, news agency Reuters reported. As scientists across the world work frantically to find a vaccine against COVID-19, all eyes are on US-based company Moderna’s encouraging early results on a small group of healthy volunteers. Despite the continued increase in cases, many countries are opening schools and workplaces following weeks of lockdown that have stemmed the spread.
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Domestic passenger flight operations are expected to commence from Monday, May 25 in a calibrated manner, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said in a tweet. To this extent, the Ministry of Civil Aviation will share standard operating procedures with all airports and airlines.
To which destinations will flights operate?
While the earlier indications were that flights may start between airports situated in green zone areas, airlines had raised the issue of viability for operating such flights. Even as most major centres such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, etc are still classified as red zone areas, a green light from certain state governments will ensure flights can be operated from these areas.
Will flying be any different?
A detailed set of standard operating procedures is being worked on by the government in consultation with the aviation industry and going by the initial feedback, a number of new rules and regulations are expected to be put into place that will change the flying experience.
These new guidelines include mandatory social distancing at airports, revisions in the way security procedures are conducted to ensure minimal contact, use of face masks and personal protective equipment by passengers and employees, among others. A variety of new health checks may also be instituted that could result in longer queues at airports and increased wait times.
Students, IT professionals and labourers at the first special train to Kashmir that left from Pune amid lockdown 4.0
Seventeen Jan Shatabdis, five Durontos and a number of traditionally popular mail or express trains to various parts of India are among the list of 100 trains to be reintroduced from June 1 in the second phase of graded resumption of passenger train operations in India.
Sources said the decision has been taken with the twin objective of opening up the options for willing migrants to come back to the states of work from their home states in the interest of resumption of economic activity, along with giving the stranded and others willing to travel the option.