Delhi: Lockdown restrictions eased, COVID tally nears 1 lakh
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Delhi: Lockdown restrictions eased, COVID tally nears 1 lakh

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New Delhi, May 18 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced a slew of measures to bring the COVID-hit economy back on track, even as the number of positive Novel Coronavirus cases in the country came closer to one lakh.

'Bus services with restrictions, Odd even for shops in the market, Home delivery of food, Auto rickshaws with 1 passenger, Cabs with 2 passengers, Standalone shops and Industries with staggered timings allowed in Delhi during Lockdown 4.

Buses will run with 20 passengers, Mr Kejriwal said in a video conference.

The COVID-19 infections rose to 96,169 in the country, after registering the highest single-day spike of 5,242 fresh infections in the past 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry reported.

Rajasthan topped the tally with 140 fresh cases taking its Novel Coronavirus tally to 5,342, while the death toll stood at 133. With 47 fresh cases surfacing in Uttar Pradesh, it's infection tally rose to 4,511, second in the country.

The state has 1,763 active patients, while 2,636 patients have recovered and 112 died. As many as 1,878 patients were under isolation, while 10,601 were in facility quarantine, State Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said.

With detection of 29 more new cases, the number of Corona positive cases has increased to 1392 in Bihar, taking the third rank in COVID cases nationwide. Karnataka recorded the single-day highest spike of 99 fresh cases of COVID-19, including 24 from Bengaluru Urban district, taking the total number of infections in the state to 1,246.

The state stood at fourth position in the country. Andhra Pradesh government followed the footsteps of the Delhi government, as it decided to resume the APSRTC bus services in the state and also gave permission to the private travellers to resume their bus services. The deadly virus claimed a pioneer of kids' drama, as well-known Marathi script-writer Ratnakar Matkari died while being treated for Covid-19 in a hospital at Andheri in north-west Mumbai. The 81-year-old was admitted to a hospital at Marol in suburban Andheri with symptoms of Coronavirus. (UNI)

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