Autos run, salons reopen in Chennai

After a gap of more than two months, autorickshaws started running in Chennai today and salons were reopeoned following relaxations of Covid-19 induced lockdown restrictions by the Tamil Nad government.

From Monday Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus services in state districts resumed after almost two and a half months. Health guidelines issued by the government are being followed by the passengers, drivers and conductors.

Meanwhile, the Southern Railway, set to operate intra- state special trains from Monday, said passengers travelling from one zone to another have to obtain the Tamil Nadu government’s e-pass.

It will operate Coimbatore-Mayiladuthurai-Coimbatore Janshatabdi special, Madurai-Villupuram-Madurai Intercity Superfast special, Tiruchirappalli-Nagercoil-Tiruchirappalli Superfast special and Coimbatore-Katpadi-Coimbatore Intercity Superfast special from June 1.

In a marathon meeting which ended hours before the Railways began operating 200 special passenger trains, the national transporter said its trains will run as per schedule with minor changes in stoppages to address the concerns expressed by Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra about the planned services from June 1.

INS Jalashwa is ready to take 700 stranded Indians back in the country, from Sri Lanka, under the Samudra Setu programme. A 100-member medical team from Kerala will help doctors in Mumbai tackle the COVID-19 outbreak as active cases continue to rise in India’s financial capital.

COVID-19 cases in India have risen to 190,535 with 8392 new cases on Monday. The toll has risen to 5,394 with recoveries are at 91,818 and active cases are now at 93,322, according to the latest bulletin by the health ministry.

The US will consider rejoining the World Health Organization if it ends corruption and reliance on China, the White House has said.