Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan directs all states and Union Territories to initiate necessary action in terms of categorisation of red, orange and green zones, delineation of containment zones and buffer zones. Sudan describes the parameters such as active Covid-19 cases, cases per lakh population, doubling and fatality rates for the states and UTs to follow while categorising areas into red, orange or green zones.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba requests state officials through video conference to cooperate in running of more 'Shramik Special' trains to facilitate the movement of migrant workers. The Chairman of Railway Board, present in video conference, assures that more number of special trains can be started if states provide quick clearances. State governments request to make DM & SPs responsible for the safety of migrant labourers. Those found walking will be escorted to camps.
Since the arrival of special trains, over 4,000 residents of Jammu stranded in other states, de-board at Jammu Tawi Railway Station. Another 1,500 arrive in Jammu by road via Lakhanpur and Thandi-Khui, says Department of Information and Public Relations, Govt of Jammu & Kashmir. The District Administration has set-up quarantine facilities for more than 5,000 passengers at various government buildings where necessary arrangement of bedding and lodging have been put in place. (Photo: ANI)
Assam Covid-19 Tally Reaches 100 | Three more persons tested Covid-19 positive in Guwahati, of which two had come from Mumbai while one arrived from Bihar. All three have been quarantined in the Sarusajai quarantine centre. Total cases in the state rise to 100, including 55 active active cases, 41 recovered, 2 migrated and 2 deaths.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal holds a meeting at Brahmaputra State Guest House to discuss the issues of providing employment oppurtunities to the state's people returning from outside amid lockdown. The chief minister directs the P&RD department to allot job cards to returning migrant workers and provide them works under MGNREGA at the earliest. He also directs the Industries Department to prepare district wise list of MSMEs for providing benefits to the sector under Rs 20 lakh crore economic package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He instructs the Finance Department to discuss with the banks about ways to provide bank loans to returning labourers for engaging them in productive sectors.
Vande Bharat Mission | Under the mission, a total of 169 Indians are returning by Air India flight from Dhaka to Kolkata on May 18, say sources. Since a large number of residents from West Bengal are in Bangladesh, special efforts have been undertaken by the High Commission of India in Dhaka to identify those who with compelling reasons to return and accorded them due priority, say sources. In West Bengal, after completion of quarantine, they will travel to their homes spread across more than 20 districts, right from Pashim Bardhaman in West to North 24 Parganas in East and from Purba Medinipur in South to Jalpaiguri in the North.
Around 75,000 labourers who were stranded in other states have been brought back to Chhattisgarh, of which 16,000 were brought by trains and the rest by road. As per the arrangements that have been made, trains can run only after the agreement between the two states, this is causing the delays, says CM Bhupesh Baghel. It took 3 days for the state to get permission from Karnataka, similarly Uttar Pradesh is causing delays. The state sought permission from Jammu and Kashmir on May 11 and still have not received it. If Railways had run trains from all states end to end, migrants wouldn't have been forced to walk, says the Chief Minister.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba will hold a video conference with states at 9 PM for further elaboration of state-specific issues regarding Lockdown 4.0, under which states have to decide various zones and activities to be allowed in these zones. A limited number of activities will remain prohibited throughout the country. States will decide containment zones, red, orange, and green zones. National directives like night curfew and wearing face masks will remain mandatory. States can permit all other activities outside containment zones that are other than the limited number of activities prohibited nationally.
Maha Covid-19 Tally Crosses 33,000-mark | With 2,347 new positive Covid-19 cases reported in Maharashtra, the total number of cases in the state rises to 33,053 till date. 63 new deaths take the death toll in the state to 1,198. 600 patients have been discharged today, total 7,688 patients have been discharged till now, says State Health Department.
25 people who were involved in the incident, where migrant workers ransacked vehicles in Rajkot, have been identified. Investigation is still underway, says Balram Meena, SP Rajkot, Gujarat. Earlier today, migrant workers ransacked vehicles in Shapar industrial area in Rajkot following cancellation of two 'Shramik Special' trains to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Western Railway Rajkot Division has not cancelled or rescheduled any train today. All the trains requested by District Administration have been scheduled and dispatched without any exceptions, says Parmeshwar Funkwal, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Rajkot.
Karnataka CM to Hold Meeting Tomorrow to Discuss Lockdown 4.0 | Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa summons for a meeting with ministers and senior officers to discuss about the guidelines issued by the Centre for lockdown 4.0 on May 18 at 11 AM in conference hall, Vidhanasoudha. The steps to be taken and the guidelines to be issued for state will be discussed and finalised in this meeting.