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PM Modi to address nation today as India adds over 18,500 Covid-19 cases

PM Modi to address nation today as India adds over 18,500 Covid-19 cases

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 30 Jun 2020, 05:00 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday address 1.3 billion people of his country on a day India reported 18,522 positive Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

Modi will address the nation at 4 pm.

With the addition of 18,522 cases, India's Covid tally touched 5,66,840.

India reported 418 deaths between Monday and Tuesday mornings taking the Covid toll to 16,893.

While there are 2,15,125 active cases in India right now, 3,34,821 people have recovered from the disease.

India to enter into Unlock 2

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued new guidelines for Unlock 2 to open up more activities in areas outside the containment zones even as the country witnesses steep rise in the coronavirus pandemic.

The new guidelines will come into effect on Jul 1, where the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further.

The new guidelines, issued on Monday, are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments.

Salient features of the new guidelines for Unlock 2

Domestic flights and passenger trains have already been allowed in a limited manner. Their operations will be further expanded in a calibrated manner.

Night curfew timings are being further relaxed and curfew shall be in force from 10 pm to 5 am.

Further, relaxations in night curfew have been given for seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes.

Shops depending upon their area, can have more than five persons at a time. However, they have to maintain adequate physical distance.

Training institutions of the Central and State Governments will be allowed to function with effect from Jul 15.  SOP in this regard will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India.

After extensive consultation with States and UTs, it has been decided that schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till Jul 31.

International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission to repatriate the stranded Indian citizens in various countries.

(Image Credit: PIB)