Coronavirus update: Lockdown to cover full May

Sitharaman says all sectors opened for the private players

By DTE Staff
Published: Sunday 17 May 2020

The Union home ministry May 17, 2020 extended the countrywide lockdown to curb the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through May 31.

  • Deliniation of containment, buffer, red, orange and green zones by states.
  • Inter-state passenger vehicle movement, except in containment zones, will be allowed (subject to state government approvals).
  • Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman May 17 starts her fifth tranche of break-down of the Rs 20 crore relief announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • States’s borrowing cap raised to 5 per cent of gross state domestic produce from 3 per cent. 
  • The first 0.5 percentage point (pp) unconditional.
  • The next pp to be released in four equal tranches, dependent on designated ‘reforms’ — one nation one ration card, ease of doing business at district levels, power distribution and urbal local bodies.
  • The remaining when three of the four are achieved.
  • All sectors to be opened up the private sector.
  • At least one public sector enterprise in sectors notified.
  • Not more than four PSEs in sectors notified strategic. 
  • She announces an additional Rs 40,000 crore for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.
  • All districts to have infectious disease blocks.
  • Public health labs at block levels. 
  • Push for health research through the Indian Council of Medical Research.
  • One educational television channel per class.
  • Educationa content for those with disabilities.
  • Debts incurred due to COVID-19 to be excluded from ‘default’ list.
  • Threshhold for insolvency raised to Rs 1 crore from Rs 1 lakh.
  • Companies Act: Technical defaults to be decriminalised. 
  • Compundable offences list slashed.
  • By May 17 morning, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic cost 313,200 lives worldwide.

  • There were 2,595,953 active cases around the world.
  • About 2 per cent of them remained critical / serious.
  • The United States remained the most affected country, with 1,507,773 cases and 90,113 deaths, according to aggregator
  • India had the eleventh-highest case load at 90,927. 
  • Among them, 53,946 cases were active.
  • India’s death toll was at 2,872.

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