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COVID-19: Football Returns To Europe Via Germany’s Bundesliga

It is ranked third in Europe according to UEFA’s league coefficient ranking for the 2019–20 season.



BERLIN (Germany): In barely their 16th game of the season, Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich became the fastest team in Bundesliga history on Sunday to reach 50 goals — as the German Bundesliga became the world’s first major sports competition to resume its season post lockdown imposed to contain coronavirus pandemic.

The European Football League’s remaining matches from the 2019-20 season kickstarted from May 16, 2020.

Bundesliga’s return has not only succeeded in bringing some respite to the football fans across the globe who were craving for LIVE action, but it has also given great monetary relief to the clubs. The last Bundesliga match was played on March 11 and the league aims to reach a proper end to the season.

Though football is back, the games during corona-era will not be played in the same way as before. The Bundesliga games resumed with empty stadiums, behind closed doors with no fans to minimise the risk of coronavirus infection.

Social distancing will be followed among players as well, which means no hugging or patting. The players will be celebrating with forearm bumps

As a part of extreme precautions, all players are being tested twice a week while the coaches will be wearing face masks throughout the matches that will be played without fans in empty stadiums.

The temperature of all players and ground staff will be taken before they go off into the ground. The substitutes will also be sitting at least 1.5 meters away from each other.

Key Precautions Taken By The League:

• All teams were kept in quarantine before the games.

•The players were shuttled to the stadium in multiple buses rather than one keeping in mind the social distancing protocol.

• The teams also used more than one dressing room per team.

• The warmup before the match also took place in a staggered way.

• The teams entered the ground at different times with no mascots.

• The substitutes sat well apart from each other and had to wear masks.

• The ball used during the match was also disinfected before kickoff and the referee entered the field last.

• The medical staff attending to players on the field are also required to wear masks.

• The customary post-victory celebration also saw social distancing in play with arms being raised and lowered at a distance from each other.

• The matches were played in empty stadiums that have the capacity to hold more than 80,000 fans.

The coronavirus outbreak has left a huge question mark on the return of sports across the globe. Most of the major sports competitions have been either postponed like the Tokyo Olympics or cancelled like Wimbledon.

Germany has largely been able to control the coronavirus outbreak. The nation’s COVID-19 cases currently stand at 1,75,699, which includes 1,51,700 recoveries and 8001 deaths.

Bundesliga, which was founded in 1962 in Dortmund, is a top German football league that is known to have the highest average stadium attendance worldwide. It is operated by German Football League.

It is ranked third in Europe according to UEFA’s league coefficient ranking for the 2019–20 season.

The football league, however, ranks at the top in the world in terms of average attendance. The football competition is broadcasted in at least 200 countries.

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COVID-19: 200 Special Passenger Trains To Run From Today

No tatkal and premium tatkal booking will be permitted in these trains.



NEW DELHI: Two hundred special trains will run across the country from tomorrow. These services will be in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 Special AC trains.

These trains are fully reserved trains having both AC and Non AC classes. General coaches have reserved seat for sitting accommodation. There will be no unreserved coach on the train.

Railway Ministry said, more than 1 lakh 45 thousand passengers will travel tomorrow. Around 26 lakh passengers have booked their tickets for Advance Reservation Period 1st to 30th June.

The passengers have to reach the station 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station. All passengers will be screened and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.

Only passengers with confirmed and RAC tickets will be allowed to enter the Railway Station and board the train.

All passengers must wear face masks at the entry and during travel. Passengers have to observe social distancing both at the station and on trains.

On arrival at their destination, the travelling passengers will have to adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination State and Union territories.

No Linen, blankets and curtains will be provided inside the train. Passengers are advised to carry their own linen for the travel.

Online Booking of tickets for these trains is being done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App. Railways has also allowed booking of reservation tickets through the reservation counters, Common Service Centers and Ticketing agents.

No tatkal and premium tatkal booking will be permitted in these trains.

This development comes in a move to let citizens travel to their hometowns amid the nationwide lockdown which was imposed to combat spread of novel coronavirus in the country.

The Ministry of Railways today said that more than 1.45 lakh passengers will be travelling on Monday when the 200 special trains will start their operations.

Around 26 lakh passengers have booked tickets on these special trains till 30 June, the national transporter said.

These trains also include the popular trains such as Durontos, Sampark Krantis, Jan Shatabdis and Poorva Express and more. Railways also said that these will have both AC and non-AC classes and fully reserved coaches.

Here are the details about the special trains:


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COVID-19: Rajasthan Govt Issues New Guidelines Regarding Lockdown

All government and private offices can be opened with full staff capacity.



JAIPUR (Rajasthan): The Rajasthan government has today issued new guidelines regarding the lockdown. Additional Chief Secretary of the Home Department Rajiv Swaroop told that public transport will now operate on all the routes in the state except containment zones.

All government and private offices can be opened with full staff capacity.

Zoo, biological parks, sanctuaries, tiger reserves and national parks will be re-opened for tourists from tomorrow – along with many other activities.

All medical services will be resumed in SMS Hospital of Jaipur from tomorrow. Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma told that the SMS hospital has been declared non-COVID.

Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education has issued the time table for the remaining examinations of class 10th and 12th. These examinations will be held from 18th to 30 June.

Meanwhile, the current system in the State courts has been extended till June 14. Subordinate courts will hear the most urgent cases through video conferencing.

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COVID-19: India’s Recovery Rate Now Nearly 48%

The highest recovery rate of 100 per cent has been recorded in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and in Mizoram. 



NEW DELHI: COVID-19 cases in India has reached 1,73,763. But there is a silver lining that the overall recovery rate of patients from COVID-19 infection has now gone up to 47.76 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 4,614 patients were found cured.

A cumulative total of around 87,000 people have been cured so far.

The number of cases under active medical supervision is around 90,000.

On March 25, when the lockdown was enforced across India, 43 people affected with coronavirus were cured, which was 7% of the total 606 cases. Health and Family Welfare Ministry data reveals that in different phases of lockdown, the recovery rate has improved continuously.

In the first phase of lockdown, the recovery rate reached to 11.42 per cent and in the second phase, it crossed the 27 per cent mark.

During the third phase of lockdown which ended on 18th May, the figure of recovery rate reached to 38.29 per cent.

At present, the highest recovery rate of 100 per cent has been recorded in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and in Mizoram.

There are 17 States and Union Territories including Punjab, Chandigarh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Ladakh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, which are above the national recovery rate of 47.40 per cent.

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