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Coronavirus India updates, May 18: Karnataka to observe complete lockdown on Sundays

Coronavirus India Updates: On day one of the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown due to the novel coronavirus disease, the number of infections in the country rose to 96,169. The death toll also saw a jump from 2,872 to 3,029. Currently, India has 36,824 recoveries and 56,316 are active cases.

Meanwhile, the lockdown restrictions were extended till May 31, but with considerable relaxations in non-containment zones. While all markets, offices, industries, and businesses will be allowed to open, inter-state and intra-state movement of “passenger vehicles and buses” will be permitted with the consent of the states involved. The restrictions on air travel (domestic and international) and Metro rail services will continue, and schools, colleges, and other educational institutes will remain closed.

In this phase of the lockdown, the government has decentralised the step by asking states to take charge of the details while implementing its guidelines for the next fortnight. At the same time, the guidelines assign greater ownership of the Covid-19 response to states.

Karnataka to observe complete lockdown on Sunday

The Karnataka government on Monday barred people from Kerala, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu from entering the state till May 31. The state will also observe total lockdown on Sundays, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa told reporters.

The state has allowed buses of all the four state transport corporations to operate, except in red and containment zones, from tomorrow. Private buses have also been permitted to run their services.

Only 30 people would be allowed to travel in the buses and wearing of face masks and maintaining physical distancing are mandatory, he said. Bus fares would not be increased, he added. Inter-state transport would not be allowed, except in emergency cases. Auto and taxis were also given green signal to get on to roads, but there should be only three passengers, including the driver. In maxi-cabs, the maximum number should be four passengers, including driver. Trains can operate within the State but not inter- state services till May 31.

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