With five lakh active cases, India announces Unlock 3 guidelines

The number of COVID-19 recoveries in India crosses the 10-lakh mark, according to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

The country now has over five lakh active cases.

Ministry also said India’s coronavirus death rate as of Wednesday was 2.23% – the lowest since April while the recovery rate was 64.51%.

India’s tally crossed 15 lakh with 48,513 new cases.

The toll rose to 34,193 with 768 fresh fatalities.

Meanwhile, The Centre on Wednesday released guidelines for Unlock 3, the third phase of lifting of restrictions put in place to contain the virus.

The guidelines will come into effect from August 1. Under the new advisory, night curfew will no longer remain in force. The lockdown in containment areas has been extended till August 31.

International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening up will occur in a calibrated manner.

Metro rail operations will remain shut.

Schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till August 31.

“Containment Zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the State/UT Governments with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by MOHFW. Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed,” the Centre said.