India coronavirus latest update: Religious places in Maharashtra and Goa are likely to remain closed even as temples, churches, mosques in other states are set to reopen on Monday along with shopping malls and restaurants as part of the first phase of the “unlockdown”.
While the Maharashtra government is yet to take the final call on the opening of religious places, churches and mosques in Goa have decided to remain shut for some more time.
Meanwhile, India has gone past Spain to become the fifth worst-hit nation by the Covid-19 pandemic, with 2,46,628 cases. Now, only the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK are ahead of it. As many as 6,929 people have died so far, according to latest data released by the Ministry of Health Affairs. While the number of active cases stood at 1,20,406, 1,19,292 people have recovered and one has migrated till date.
Delhi govt to lift ‘corona fee’ on liquor from Jun 10
The Delhi government Sunday decided to withdraw the the 70 percent “corona fee” on the sale of liquor in the national capital. While liquor will become cheaper in Delhi, the government however increased the Value Added Tax(VAT) on all categories of liquor from 20% to 25% from the said date, PTI reported.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. On May 5, the government imposed the “special corona fee” on liquor after the liquor stores reopened in the third phase of India lockdown.
Amit Shah lauds coronavirus warriors
Addressing the ‘Bihar Jansamvad Rally” through video conferencing, Union Minister Amit Shah Sunday lauded the efforts of front-line workers “who are fighting against the virus by risking their lives”. “Health workers, police personnel and others, I want to acknowledge their contribution” he added.
Also, highlighting the work done by the centre in helping migrants reach back home safely Shah said “Around 1.25 crore migrants have been safely brought to their places by BJP’s Modi govt”.
Religious places in Gujarat to hold prayers in shifts, start token system
From tomorrow, religious places outside coronavirus containment zones in Gujarat are planning to open after almost two months albeit taking coronavirus precautionary measures.
Some religious places have decided to organise prayers in shifts and start a token system specifying time slots to devotees. Maintaining social distancing and over crowding will be a priority.
Elderly people and children below the age of 10 are exempted to enter the temples. Others will have to wear a face mask and get sanitised before entering the premises.
No decision yet on opening religious places in Maharashtra: Official
The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena government is yet to take a decision on opening religious places for devotees from Monday, an official told news agency PTI on Sunday.
“A decision is yet to be taken on opening temples, mosques, churches and other religious establishments for people. There has been no decision so far on allowing people to gather at such places, Maharashtra’s law and judiciary department secretary Rajendra Bhagwat said.
Goa churches, mosques to remain shut
Churches and mosques in Goa have decided to remain closed for some more time despite the state government’s nod to reopen religious places from Monday as part of the lockdown relaxations.
Temple committees, however, are yet to take a call on opening their shrines for devotees in the coastal state, PTI reported.
On Saturday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said religious places in the state can open from Monday but no mass activities will be allowed there in the wake of the virus outbreak in the country.
“We would like to inform our priests and faithful that we are critically assessing the novel coronavirus-related fluid situation that has come upon our state. Therefore, we are not in a position to declare our places of worship open from tomorrow,” Father Barry Cardozo, director of the Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media, said in a statement.
The Delhi Cabinet decided Sunday that beds in hospitals run by the state government shall be reserved for residents of the national capital till the pandemic subsides, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Sunday. However, the decision will not cover hospitals like AIIMS and Safdarjung that come under the Union government, he added.
Reiterating his apprehension that city hospitals may get swamped by people from other states in the absence of restrictions, the chief minister, while addressing the citizens via video conferencing, said: “A five-member committee assessed the situation and found that by the end of June, we will be needing around 15,000 beds to treat infected patients. There are around 10,000 beds each in Delhi government and Centre-run hospitals. The Cabinet has decided that beds in Delhi government hospitals should be reserved only for people of Delhi.”
Coal import dropped by 20 per cent to 19 MT in May
The country’s coal import dropped by 20 per cent to 18.93 million tonnes (MT) last month, industry data showed. The Centre is planning to bring the country’s ‘avoidable coal imports’ to zero by 2023-24.
The demand for coal import is expected to remain subdued in the short-term given the high coal stock levels in pithead and power plants, according to mjunction. The coal import in May last year stood at 23.57 MT, it said. mjunction — a joint venture between Tata Steel and SAIL — is a B2B e-commerce company that also publishes research reports on coal and steel verticals.
“The slight uptick in May imports over the previous month might have resulted from the partial re-start of operations in some sectors as well as the continued softness in coal prices in the international markets. However, given the high coal stock levels in pithead and power plants, we expect import demand to remain subdued in the short-term,” mjunction MD and CEO Vinaya Varma was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.