Select States Ease Lockdown Restrictions From Today

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The effects of the concessions to be granted from April 20, based on the guidelines of the Home Ministry, are visible across the country, including in Delhi. 

Work has restarted after a full 30 days in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariats. All vehicles entering the Secretariats are being sanitised and thermal screening of employees is being conducted.

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All officers of the level of Deputy Secretary in the Central government and 30% of employees subordinate to them have resumed work. In Shastri Bhawan, everyone is undergoing thermal screening before being allowed to enter their offices.

However, the concessions given from April 20 will not be applicable to capital Delhi, where the lockdown will remain in place like earlier.

According to Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain, the total number of coronavirus patients in the capital has reached 2,003 and the death toll stands at 45. While 79 areas have turned into hotspots so far, the Delhi government is preparing for rapid testing, he said.

In Punjab, the number of patients has reached 219. While 16 people, including one ACP, have died here, 31 people have been discharged as well. Along with Ludhiana, the wheat crop is being harvested in all other districts of the state. Daily wage labourers are not available for harvesting crops in several areas but harvesting machines can be seen in fields.

In Bihar, the number of coronavirus patients has reached 93. While 42 people have been discharged here so far, two people have died. Under the concessions granted from April 20, the Bihar government has resumed work in its offices with limited staff.

Meanwhile, the National Highways Authority of India has resumed toll collection on national highways across the country. Toll booth employees have been posted on duty at National Highway 2 in Varanasi, the Parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

The Deputy Toll Plaza Manager said that only two lanes have been opened and all toll booth operators are using masks and sanitisers.

Amid this, in a letter written to the Chief Secretaries of all states and Union territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has said that there should be no irregularities of any kind in the concessions granted in the lockdown. Apart from regions where the concessions have been ordered, the lockdown should be enforced strictly in all other places, he added.

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