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  • States gear up to open Religious places, Shopping Malls, Restaurants and Hotels from tomorrow.

  • Religious places in Uttar Pradesh to open with additional restrictions.

  • Churches in Goa not to open from tomorrow.

  • Delhi government asks private hospitals not to deny admission to suspected Covid-19 patients.

  • Indian naval ship Jalashwa carrying 700 stranded Indian nationals to arrive in Tuticorin today.

  • OPEC and its allies agree to cut oil production by about 10 per cent till July this year. 


States and Union Territories are gearing up to open religious places, malls, restaurants, hotels and offices from tomorrow. Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry had on June 4 issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) to open up the these places.

As per guidelines, generic measures need to be observed by all staff, workers or patrons at all times when visiting malls, restaurants or workplaces. These include physical distancing of at least 6 feet and use of face covers or masks. Respiratory etiquette to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to state and district helpline.

All restaurants have been asked to ensure that takeaways are encouraged instead of Dine-In. All staff and patrons to be allowed entry only if using face cover/masks.

In case of religious places, the SOP advises people above 65 years of age, pregnant women, children below the age of 10 years to stay at home. Large gatherings and congregations continue to remain prohibited.


Uttar Pradesh government has issued guidelines for reopening religious places, malls, hotels, and restaurants from tomorrow. Our Correspondent reports that while the majority of the guidelines adhere to those advised by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, state government has put some additional restrictions. 

"Guidelines issued by Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari read that all the religious places  will have to  follow  instructions issued by the local administration. Not more than 5 people can gather at a time in a religious place. At the same time, it will be mandatory for everyone to wear a mask.  Air conditioners  can be run but  temperature should be between 24 to 30 degrees. Touching the statues will not be allowed and Offerings will not be distributed.  In  shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants CCTVs should be functional. Crowded events cannot be held in hotels or restaurants. Food court or restaurants can seat customers at 50 percent capacity only. Meanwhile Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath  addressing District Magistrate and district police heads through video conference emphasised on  extra ness  to break the chain of Covid 19. He said that unlock does not mean  freedom. The number of Corona cases is sharply increasing in state and it has crossed the figure  of 10 thousand. So far 268 people have lost their lives. At the same time 5908 patients have got cured and discharged. MS Yadav AIR News Lucknow".


In Madhya Pradesh, Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain will be reopened for devotees from Monday with new guidelines. As per the new system, devotees who wish to visit the temple will have to register their names first. 

"The temple will be kept open between 8 am and 6 pm as per the central guidelines. Temple management committee’s administrator S S Rawat informed that people can register their names from Sunday afternoon. Apart from sanitization and thermal scanning, the temple administration is also set up a toll-free number for the devotees to book an appointment. However, the devotees will not be allowed to attend the Bhasma Aarti. Almost similar safeguards will be followed to prevent the spread of the corona infection in other prominent temples of the state. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal'.


The recovery rate of the COVID 19 patients has improved to over 72 percent in Rajasthan. The number of active cases in the state now stands at 2,605.

" About 5 lakh samples of COVID 19 have been tested in the state so far. More than 18 thousand samples are being tested every day. Meanwhile, the state government has given permission to open restaurants, clubs, malls, and other hospitality units from June 8th in the state.  Keeping a distance of 6 feet between two tables in the restaurant and follow SOP issued by health ministry will be mandatory. The state government has also decided to set up a committee under the chairmanship of the district collector to reopen religious sites, which  include district-level officials and religious leaders. This committee will also recommend various measures to prevent the spread of COVID infection. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."


Churches and mosques will not reopen in Goa despite permission from the Central government to do so with leaders of the respective communities saying that the situation is still not conducive for reopening places of worship.

Church authorities have declined to open churches for worship and prayers from tomorrow. A Spokesperson for the Church said keeping in mind the novel coronavirus situation, Churches in Goa are not in a position to open from tomorrow. Several churches including the Archbishop of Goa have been streaming the religious services live for the benefit of their congregations.

Association of All Goa Muslim Jamaats has said that until June 30, they have requested all mosques not to open their doors to followers in view of the spike in cases of Covid-19 in the state.


In Puducherry, all temples and hotels etc are being allowed to function from tomorrow. Guidelines in this regard has been issued.

"In a special Interview to AIR NEWS, Puducherry Mrs.PURVA GARG, SECRETARY, TOURISM, said that people could eat in the hotels from June 8 th onwards by adopting social distancing.

I would like to reiterate the specific points which are crucial for the hospitality sector. One is the house keeping part, where in there is direct contact of the staffs with the guests, some of the linen and the materials  which could prove little dangerous for these staffs, there in proper measures needs to be ensure by the hospitality sector. Secondly is the room service or the food serving part of the hospitality, next being the luggage, management where in proper disinfection for the same should be ensured, the vehicle parking we could either valet parking or ensured that all the cars do not sort of gather around and create traffic jam or a lot of people gathering, all the common areas like reception, elevators, waiting room would be regularly disinfectant as per the guidelines.

Mrs. Purva further emphasized that the lodges should collect the details of the people who check in and in case of any old people getting sick, it should be informed to the government. To the maximum extent people e-wallet may be used for making payments. Chandra Mohan, AIRNEWS, Puducherry".


The Central Government today said the COVID-19 recovery rate is 48.20 per cent in the country and the total number of recovered people from Corona virus reached  one lakh 14 thousand 73. During the last 24 hours, four thousand 611 people were cured of the infection.Speaking exclusively to AIR NEWS Dr. Harsh wardhan said the recovery rate is continuously improving.

Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, nine thousand 887 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to two lakh 36 thousand 657 in the country. It was the highest spike in new cases in one day since the outbreak of Corona pandemic in India. During the last 24 hours, 294 deaths were registered taking the nationwide toll to six thousand 642. The case fatality rate is 2.80 per cent in the country.


Air India sold over 22 thousand seats in just 15 hours for destinations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe for the third phase of Vande Bharat Mission. Civil Aviation minister tweeted earlier that nearly 65,000 people have been brought back since 6th May under the mission. Looking at the overwhelming response, the national carrier said today that it will offer more seats on it's flights under the third phase of Vande Bharat Mission. Sale of tickets for the flights under the third phase of Vande Bharat Mission commenced at 5 in the evening yesterday and by 8 in the morning today maximum number of tickets have already been booked. In a statement , Air India stated that it's website saw an exceptionally high traffic with over 6 crore visits in a short span of time. This traffic is considered to be 6 to 7 times more than the usual website hits.

Air India will operate around 300 flights to Europe, Australia, Canada, US, UK and Africa between 10th of this month and 1st of July during the third phase of Vande Bharat Mission.


A total of 910 Indians returned from various countries yesterday under the Vande Bharat Mission. In a tweet, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said these Indians have returned from Nairobi, Kuwait, Djibouti, Frankfurt, Kuwait, Ho Chi Minh City and Jeddah. He also lauded the efforts of Air India, External Affairs Ministry and Indian Missions abroad in this regard.


National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune has developed an indigenous Nasopharyngeal swab for collecting samples from the throat cavity of Covid-19 patients.

NCL Director Dr. Ashwini Kumar Nangia said, this is an excellent example of optimizing the polymer specifications and validating the chemical analysis of an urgently needed medical swab product in a very short time. 

The NCL has transferred the technology of indigenous NP swabs for sample collection to a Mumbai-based chemical company. The company will be able to produce one lakh NP swabs per day.


Delhi government has said that suspected patients of Covid-19 cannot be denied admission by any hospital in Delhi. In an order, it said that all hospitals operating in Delhi shall ensure that no patient who is having Covid-19 symptoms and is in moderate and severe category be denied admission on the pretext that patients is not having Covid positive report. It also directed that all such patients may be kept in Covid suspect patient area till the test report is received. If found positive, then the patient shall be kept in the Covid hospital and otherwise transferred to non-Covid hospital for further management.

This decision came in the wake of several complaints that people having symptoms of coronavirus infection are denied admission in the hospitals.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, 143 new positive cases were reported yesterday including 100 from Kashmir  Division and 43 from Jammu  Division, thereby taking the number of corona positive cases to 3467. Of these 2302 are active positive, 1126 have recovered while 39 deaths have taken place due to this pandemic. Moreover, 40 more patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals of Jammu and Kashmir Union territory.


In Jammu and Kashmir, people have welcomed the easing of lockdown restrictions and resumption of construction working. Sabdar Hussain of Shan Mohalla in Panchayat Gool said they are happy that the developmental activities have resumed. 


In Bihar 233 new Covid -19 cases were reported during the last 24 hours ,taking the total number of Coronavirus patients to 4,831.

3,454 migrants workers who had come from different parts of the country were tested positive. 95,473 samples have been tested so far in the state.

2298 patients have been recovered from Corona and discharged from hospitals. 2503  patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals of the state.The recovery rate of cured patients is  48 percent.


The Maharashtra government has formed a four-member committee to ascertain the rates of COVID-19 tests conducted at authorised private laboratories in the state and the new rates will be fixed within seven days.

"The Indian Council of Medical Research - ICMR has allowed 44 government and 36 private laboratories in the state to carry out coronavirus tests. While the tests are free at government laboratories, the ICMR fixed charges at private laboratories at Rs 4,500. Health minister Rajesh Tope said that the kits required for conducting the tests were being imported earlier when charges of tests at private laboratories were fixed by ICMR. Now kits are being manufactured in the country itself and are available. Hence, ICMR has conveyed to negotiate with the private laboratories and fix the test rate. It added that the rates will be finalised in seven days. It further said that the private laboratories can charge for tests at current rates, fixed for the district in which they are located, till the new rates are finalised. Meanwhile, in its advisory, BMC said that all corona positive patients who do not have symptoms or have mild symptoms, need not rush to the big hospitals for admission when the test result is positive. It said that Heatlh Department will guide such people for the same to nearby Corona care centers. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai".


In West Bengal, 435 persons were tested positive for Corona infection in the last 24 hours in the State. This is the highest number of people attacked by the pandemic in a single day in the State so far. According to the State Health Department, 7,738 people have been attacked by the virus. 17 persons died of the virus during the period taking total number of death toll to 311.

207 people were released from different hospitals  after recovery in the last 24 hours taking the total number of discharged patients to 3119. The rate of recovery from Corona infection has also marginally increased and stands at over 40 percent.


In Sikkim, four new COVID19 cases were reported yesterday, taking the total number of active cases in the state to seven. Director general of state health department Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia informed this in a health bulletin.

"Of the four new cases, one is a 22-year-old returnee from Maharashtra. The person has fever and is already admitted in a triage facility. Another infected person is 21 years old who was staying at a facility quarantine. He is a relative of a person who had tested positive on 3rd June. The newly infected person has been shifted to the New STNM hospital near Gangtok and 27 of his contacts have been identified for tests. Dr Bhutia informed that the two other new positive cases have been confirmed from test reports received from North Bengal Medical College in West Bengal. Both are female returnees of 29 and 37 years from South Sikkim. They have already completed 14 days of quarantine at a facility, but are now being shifted to the New STNM hospital and all their contacts will be tested. Dr Bhutia added that immediate contact tracing has been done for all new positive cases. He also informed that the person who was the state’s first COVID19 case reported on 23rd May has again tested positive, but has a low viral load He appealed to people to maintain social distancing, wear face masks and follow all other guidelines. Parijat Sharma, AIR NEWS, GANGTOK".


In Tamil Nadu, the police has collected about 10.5 crore rupees as the fine for violation of lockdown restrictions. The police have seized over 4.5 lakh vehicles for travel in violation of the norms exposing the motorists themselves and others to the viral infection. Nearly 5.5 lakh FIRs have also been filed by the police yesterday. Most of the violations are related to failure to wear masks, followed by casual travel on the roads.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 tally reached 30-thousand One Hundred and Fifty Two yesterday. 1458 people were tested positive including 1146 from Chennai. 633 people were discharged after recovery while 19 died of the disease in the last twenty four hours. Both new infections and the death count reached new heights yesterday.

"The state education department is busy preparing exam halls for the Tenth standard board examinations. About 9.79 lakh students are appearing for the examinations from the 15th of this month. The department has said those coming from containment areas will be seated in a separate room in the exam halls and a separate travel arrangement for them will be made. Thermal scanners have been made available at all the exam centres for screening the students for fever before entering the halls. Reusable face masks will be given to all the students and their admit cards have already been released on the website for downloading. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa allowed restaurants and hotels to open in the State following the guidelines of Union Government. The Hotel Owners Association and the Transport Companies representatives assured the Chief Minister that that they would strictly follow the Government’s guidelines. The Chief Minister held a meeting with tourism and transport department and stakeholders  regarding promotional drive to revive tourism and to remove several obstacles.The delegation of Bus Owners Association and Hotel Owners Association and Taxi Owners Association who participated in the meeting placed their demands before the Government. 


Indian Naval ship INS Jalashwa carrying 700 stranded Indian nationals will arrive in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu today under Operation Samudra Setu. The ship, which had reached Male, the capital of Maldives, on Thursday, departed for Tuticorin on Friday. Under Operation Samudra Setu, Indian Navy is bringing back Indian nationals stranded abroad.

"This is the third voyage of INS Jalashwa from Male but it is destined to Tuticorin for first time. The 700 Indian nationals the ship will be happy to reach their homeland today. They will be guided by state health authorities for quarantine etc before they reach their hometown. INS Jalashwa has ferried around two thousand people from Male as part of Samudtrasetu program while another 685 were brought from Srilanka earlier this week. Maldives has seen evacuation of over 2700 Indian nationals so far and three Air India flights are scheduled later this month to bring back more people. Santosh Kumar, AIR NEWS, COLOMBO".


Participating in AIR live phone in programme on COVID-19, Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha requested people to download AYUSH SANJIVANI APP  for understanding the measures for enhancing immunity and keeping themselves healthy in the difficult COVID-19 situation.

Participating in AIR live phone in programme on COVID-19, Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha said that people suffering from pneumonia like diseases should be more cautious and follow guidelines issued by Ministry of Ayush.


In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. Talking to AIR News, President of Indian Medical Association, Dr. Rajan Sharma said that citizens need to follow basic hygiene and social distancing norms.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion Programme on  Covid-19 .

Dr. Aparna Agarwal, Professor Medicine,Lady hardinge medical college will participate in the discussion.

 Listeners can ask questions to the expert on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (that is  011: 2331-4444) and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by using the #tag Askair.


In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you our segment on Fact Checking and Mythbusters.

A widely circulated video on social media wrongly claims that Covid-19 is a bacteria which can be treated with aspirin. The Government has clarified that coronavirus is a virus and there is no specific medicinal cure available yet.


The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has thrown open the gates of its countrywide health centres and hospitals for its veterans suffering from the novel coronavirus. ITBP Director General SS Deswal said the decision has been taken after the force came across media reports of people facing problems in getting admission or treatment at COVID-19 designated hospitals. He said, ITBP Jawans have sweated throughout their life and we do not want that they suffer and hence all our veterans are being offered health services in case anyone of them are affected by COVID-19.


Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allied nations have agreed to extend a production cut of nearly 10 million barrels of oil  or about 10 percent of global output in normal times through the end of July,  hoping to boost energy prices hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ministers of the cartel and outside nations like Russia met via video conference to adopt the measure, aimed at cutting excess production depressing prices as global aviation remains largely grounded due to the pandemic. It represents some 10 per cent of the world's overall supply.


Let us take a look at the weather forecast for today

The National capital Delhi recorded minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. Maximum temperature is expected to hover around 38 degrees Celsius with partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightening.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with a few  spells of rain or thundershowers today. The minimum temperature recorded was 23 degrees, while maximum will go up to 32 degrees.

In the south, Chennai is expecting partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was recorded at 29 and maximum will go up to 39 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 28 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 37 degrees.

On to North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 37 degrees Celsius. The city will see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was recorded at 12 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 29 degrees. The city will observe mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 15 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 36 degrees. The region will have mainly clear sky.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. the minimum temperature was recorded at 18 degrees and maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees Celsius.


Newspaper Headlines:

  • Most newspapers have covered the India China border talks prominently on their front pages. The Times of India writes " India China army brass talks end on ''positive trajectory''. The Hindu report on the same topic suggests that the Border meet has set the stage for more talks.

  • The Hindu reports, "India's COVID tally fifth highest in world''. The paper adds that between May 30th to June 5th, India recorded close to 9000 new cases every day on an average.

  • Hindustan Times headlines, "Kejriwal warns hospitals against ''black marketing". The Asian Age quotes the Delhi CM as saying ''Hospitals denying beds to Covid ve will face action''.

  • Mail Today headline says that cases of armed robbery, snatching, car theft have risen in Delhi, posing a challenge to cops caught up in Covid duty.

  • The Times of India reports "Tiger gets life behind bars for killing 3 human beings''. The five year old male tiger has been declared ''dangerous'' to human life by authorities.

  • The Sunday Tribune says, ''Govt set to revise women's legal age for marriage''. The paper adds that the task force formed to go into the matter will submit recommendations by July 31st this year.

  • And finally, Hindustan Times writes, that as restaurants in Delhi await government nod to open, they are chalking out SOPs which include opening with just 30-50% seats, e-menus and cap on parking facility.


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