- The number of COVID-19 positive cases reported in India stands at 26,249 with 825 fatalities. According to the Ministry, India’s death rate was around 3.1% and the recovery rate more than 20%, which, it claimed, was “comparatively better” than most other countries.
- PM Narendra Modi will address the nation on the 64th edition of Mann ki Baat at 11 a.m. today. The Inter-Ministerial Central Team to assess the ground situation due to the coronavirus pandemic in Tamil Nadu began its three-day visit to Chennai. A plea has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking quashing of the complete lockdown.
- Additional Chief Secretary of UP, Awanish Awasthi said the first batch of workers was brought back in 82 buses from Haryana on Saturday, and 11,000 workers will return by Sunday. All the workers will be kept in a 14-day quarantine.
- In an order issued by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department and signed by Chief Secretary A K Tripathy, the government said the municipal commissioners and district collectors are expected to notify the detailed list of the types of shops that will be allowed to open and their timings within their respective jurisdictions.
- The state government also allowed IT and ITeS (IT enabled services) companies to start their operations from Sunday with 50 per cent of staff capacity, provided they are located outside the containment zone, the official said.
- Akshaya Tritiya is held at the Rath Khala outside the temple while the Chandan Jatra is organised in a tank in Puri. In Spain, with the easing of lockdown restrictions on Saturday, children prepare to go outside for the first time in six weeks, with the government allowing one hour of supervised outdoor activity per day.
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement, “Establishments on public roads that were still closed, some already opened five days ago, such as barbershops, hairdressers and beauty salons will be able to reopen as of Sunday, whereas shopping centres will have to keep remain closed”.