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Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: Over 1.82 lakh cases in India; Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till June 30 with relaxations

Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: Over 1.82 lakh cases in India; Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till June 30 with relaxations
A marshal checks the temperature of passengers at a bus stand in New Delhi. Here, Sumit Kumar is seen carried by his father to board the bus for AIIMS. During the lockdown he, with family stayed outside the hospital. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Coronavirus India News Live Updates: After Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu has announced the extension of the ongoing lockdown till June 30, albeit with more relaxations that included partially opening up public transport and allowing more employees at the workplace. Pubic transport will resume with reduced services from June 1, but buses will not be operated in Chennai, Kancheepurm, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet districts having the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the state.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Home Affairs released guidelines for the fifth phase of a nationwide lockdown from June 1, allowing hotels, restaurants and shopping malls to open, besides permitting all inter and intra-state movement of public and goods. States, however, will have the freedom to enforce suitable restrictions if they deem necessary. International flights, Metro trains, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places shall remain out of bounds for now.

With the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown ending Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation in the ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme. In his monthly radio address, PM Modi is likely to discuss the new lockdown guidelines, and the one year anniversary of the BJP-led NDA government’s second term in power.

The easing of restrictions comes at a time when the country reported 8,000 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 1,73,763, including 4,971 deaths and 82,369 recoveries. Globally, about 6 million people have been infected with Covid-19, including 3,66,875 deaths. The United States, at 1,03,353 deaths, is the worst-affected country.