India enters into Unlock 5 with over 63 lakh Covid-19 cases
New Delhi/IBNS: India on Thursday reported over 86,000 fresh Covid-19 cases taking the overall tally of infections beyond 63 lakh as the country of 1.3 billion people entered into the fifth phase of unlocking various socio-economic aspects of life following months of anti-Coronavirus lockdown.
With 86,821 new cases, the Covid-19 tally in the country has touched 63,12,584.
Since late January, when the first Covid-19 case was reported in India, 98,678 people infected with the virus have died with 1,181 fatalities reported in 24 hours between Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
India has now 9,40,705 active cases while 52,73,201 Covid-19 patients have recovered.
States and union territories can decide on reopening schools and colleges after Oct 15 in a graded manner, the Centre on Wednesday announced in a detailed guideline for further lifting up Coronavirus-related restrictions in the country.
Schools, colleges and other educational institutes have been shut since March with anti-coronavirus lockdown declared in the country.
For re-opening of schools and coaching institutions, state and UT Governments have been given the flexibility to take a decision after Oct 15, in a graded manner.
In a relief for cinema hall owners, the Centre in its new guideline allowed cinemas, theatres and multiplexes to open with upto 50 per cent of their seating capacity, for which Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
Business to Business (B2B) exhibitions, swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons, entertainment parks and similar places will be permitted to open, for which the SOP will be issued.