New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Rajasthan government on Sunday extended the lockdown period till June 30 and issued fresh guidelines for the fifth phase, reported news agency ANI. The ongoing phase of lockdown will remain in place from June 1 to June 30. In its revised guidelines, the Rajasthan government said that shops, beauty parlours, and community parks would be allowed to open following social distancing and other precautions. 

Besides this, the government offices are allowed to function with full strength, the guideline stated.

The details come a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) released revised guidelines after the lockdown was extended in the containment zones till June 30.

In its fresh guidelines, the Home Ministry said that extensive relaxations including the opening of religious places and shopping malls will be done in a phase-wise manner from June 8. The centre, in its revised guidelines, gave new more powers to the states and union territories to ascertain and define a containment zone-- areas with maximum cases of coronavirus.

Religious places, opening of hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality services and shopping malls will start from June 8.

The government also eased night curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM from existing 7 PM to 7 AM. 

The nationwide curbs were first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 and have been extended four times due to a continuous spurt in cases. 

According to the Union Health Ministry, Rajasthan has reported 8,617 cases of COVID-19. At least 197 people have succumbed to the infection. A total of 5739 patients have been cured from the pandemic. 

Meanwhile, the nationwide tally of coronavirus has soared past 1.82 lakh with over 5,000 fatalities. Nearly 87,000 patients have recovered from the infection. 

Earlier today, several state governments like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh also released fresh guidelines and increased lockdown for up to 15-30 days.

(with PTI inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal