Coronavirus India lockdown Day 179 | Punjab to open higher education institutions from September 21

India has overtaken the U.S. and become the top country in terms of global COVID-19 recoveries, said the Union Health Ministry on Saturday, adding that the country has reported the highest number of total recoveries, with more than 42 lakh (42,08,431) COVID-19 patients having recovered.

Of the new recovered cases, about 60% are being reported from five States — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:

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DMRC sells over 80K smart cards

With the discontinuation of tokens in the Delhi Metro as part of precautionary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has sold around 8,500 smart cards per day between September 7 and 16.

Under

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Punjab to open higher education institutions from September 21

However, schools, colleges and coaching centres will remain closed.

The Punjab government on Saturday allowed the opening of higher education institutions for Ph.D scholars and post-graduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratories and experimental works from September 21.

However, schools, colleges and coaching centres will remain closed. The orders were issued in compliance with the directives of Unlock 4.0 issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

According to the guidelines issued by the Special Chief Secretary (Home), Satish Chandra, open air theatres will be allowed to function with strict adherence to social distancing norms. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places would continue to remain closed.

As per the orders, online distance learning shall be permitted and encouraged but schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed for students and regular classes.

Mr. Chandra said 50% of the teaching and non-teaching staff would

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Punjab allows higher education institutes to open from Sept 21 for research work

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has allowed higher educational institutions to open from September 21 but only for research scholars and post graduate students of technical and professional programmes which require laboratories or experimental works. Other educational institutions would continue to remain closed for students.

All schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular classes. On-line distance learning will continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged, reads the Unlock 4 guidelines issued on Saturday.

The state government has also made it clear that 50% of the teaching and non-teaching staff shall be allowed to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching or tele-counselling and related work in areas outside the containment zones only as per standard operating procedure (SOP) issued on September 3.

The Unlock 4 guidelines issued by the state home department have also allowed open air theatres

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