New Delhi: India’s coronavirus cases reached 35,42,733 on Sunday, after the Ministry of Health reported a rise of 78,761 cases in the last 24 hours. The toll rose by 948 to 63,498.
The Centre on Saturday announced further guidelines to ease lockdown regulations, even as case numbers continue to rise. Metro rail services will gradually be opened in cities.
The Centre also relaxed travel restrictions and said inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods will not be prohibited now. No separate permission or approval or e-permit will be required for such movements.
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Social, academic, sports, entertainment functions and other congregations would be permitted with up to 100 persons from September 21, the new guidelines added. Mandatory wearing of face masks, physical distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitisers will be necessary to hold such limited gatherings.
Schools, colleges, educational institutions, indoor theatres, swimming pools will remain closed till September 30. Open air theatres will also be permitted to open from September 21.
India still has the third-most coronavirus cases in the world, after the United States and Brazil. However, experts predict Brazil will soon drop to third on the list. Currently, the US has 59.60 lakh cases of the virus, while Brazil has 38,46,153 cases. In the US, 1,82,752 people have died of the infection so far, according to Johns Hopkins University.