COVID19: India extends lockdown by 2 weeks

  • COVID19: India extends lockdown by 2 weeks
    Tight curbs remain in urban 'red zones' but 'considerable' easing promised in low-risk areas COVID19: India extends lockdown by 2 weeks
By Deepak Dhawan
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Tight curbs remain in urban 'red zones' but 'considerable' easing promised in low-risk areas.
Updates: India registers 40,263 coronavirus cases; 10,887 recovered.

India is extending its nationwide coronavirus lockdown for another two weeks after May 4, but would allow “considerable relaxations” in lower-risk districts marked as green and orange zones.

Some activities will remain prohibited throughout the country, regardless of the zone, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement on Friday.

Those include travel by air, rail and metro and inter-state movement of people by road. As well, all schools and colleges, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, cinema halls and places of worship will remain closed.

There will be no restriction on movement of goods between states and on the manufacturing and distribution of essential items, the ministry said.

Authorities are trying to chart a path out of the world’s biggest lockdown, which they credit with preventing an exponential surge in infections and which Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed on March 25.

India registers 40,263 coronavirus cases; 10,887 recovered.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Covid-19 cases in India has surged to 40,263, including 28,070 active cases.

As many as 10,887 have been cured/discharged/migrated. The death toll in India stands at 1,306, according to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The true extent of infection may be higher in a country where millions of people do not have access to sufficient healthcare.

The shutdown has pummelled India’s economy, depriving millions of day labourers of income and stranding rural migrants in cities where they can no longer afford rent or food.

The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday announced various relaxations for the nationwide lockdown which was extended to contain the spread of thr novel coronavirus.

Addressing a press conference, UP Home Secretary Avanish Awasthi listed the fresh guidelines for lockdown 3.0 which will come into from Monday:
Taxi services will resume in orange zones within the district.

 Buses will ply in red zones.

 In four wheelers, only three people will be allowed including the driver.

Special economic zone will open.

 Supply chain, jute and packing material firms will open in accordance with the lockdown norms.

 Buses and equipment in factories should be sanitised using disinfectants. Adequate arrangement for sanitisers, hand washing should be made.

 In Covid-19 containment zones, clinics and hospitals will remain closed.

 Spas and hair salons will not open in red zones.

 In urban areas, standalone shops selling essential and non-essential items can open. However, they need to follow the social distancing norms.

 Necessary e-commerce activities will be allowed with 33 per cent workforce.

 Special arrangements will be made in mandis.

At the briefing, the UP Home Secretary also said that the first train from Maharashtra's Nashik carrying 829 migrant workers reached Lucknow. Another train reached the state from Kanpur on Sunday morning. He said 8,000 people from Rajasthan and 1,600 from Uttarakhand have arrived in Uttar Pradesh.