India has now conducted over nine crore Covid tests, which is an achievement. In the last 24 hours, more than 11 lakh 45 thousand tests were conducted taking the total number of testings to 9 Crore 90 thousand. Health Ministry has said, the country has come a long way from conducting tests from just one lab in January this year.
The Ministry said that the country’s COVID-19 recovery rate has now reached 87.05 per cent with more than 74 thousand COVID patients having been recovered in the last 24 hours.
Over 63 lakh COVID patients have recovered so far. The constantly increasing recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country has reduced and now comprises 11.42 per cent of the total positive cases.
Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is eight lakh 26 thousand. In the last 24 hours, 63 thousand 509 new cases have been reported taking the total number of positive cases in the country so far to over 72 lakh.
Meanwhile cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes in the country are reopening from today with only 50 per cent seating capacity. However, exhibition of films will not be allowed in containment zones.
As per the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, adequate physical distancing is to be maintained in the seating area inside the cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes. Staggered show timings will be followed in the multiplexes to avoid crowding due to Covid-19 pandemic.
AIR correspondent reports, cinema hall, theatres and multiplexes are going to resume their operation after a gap of almost eight months. New rules and restrictions have been set for curbing the transmission of Covid-19 while resuming the operation. Adequate physical distancing of at least six feet, use of face masks and respiratory etiquettes have to be strictly followed by visitors and staffs.Spitting will be prohibited.Thermal screening is to be carried out at entry points and only asymptomatic individuals will be allowed to enter the premises.
Hand sanitization will be made available at all entry points and work areas. Efforts will be made to avoid overcrowding in the common areas, lobbies and washrooms during the intermission. Besides, the cinemas, theatres and multiplexes will be sanitized after the screening.