Nationwide lockdown extended till May 31 | India News

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NEW DELHI: The nation-wide coronavirus-induced lockdown was extended for two more weeks on Sunday after National disaster Management Authority announced the measures will continue till the end of May.
The authority said that fresh guidelines for the new phase of the lockdown will be issued soon. The authority directed NEC, headed by Union home secretary, to modify lockdown guidelines keeping in view the need to open up economic activities while containing the spread of Covid-19.
This is the fourth extension of the lockdown ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the shut down of the entire country for 21 days on March 25.
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Earlier this week, PM Modi had confirmed that there would be the fourth extension of the lockdown, adding that it contours will be very different from the rules that shaped the previous three lockdowns.
“Lockdown 4.0 will be completely different and will have new rules. I am confident that we will, while fighting the virus by following the rules, move forward,” Modi said, adding the new rules, based on the suggestions from chief ministers, would be announced before May 18.
Four states, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Punjab and Maharashtra, have already extended the lockdown till the end of May.
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Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami announced new relaxations such as the resumption of intra-district transportation in 25 districts.
In 12 other districts, including Chennai, there will be no change in the curbs and they will continue as existed during the third phase of lockdown, set to end on Sunday.
In Maharashtra, the fourth phase of lockdown will see more relaxations for the green and orange zones.
“The green and orange zones will get more relaxations, in terms of starting more services. As of now, only essential services are operational, state chief secretary Ajoy Mehta said.
On Saturday, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh announced that the lockdown will continue till May 31, though his government will lift the curfew restrictions.
“From May 18, there will be no curfew in the state. But the lockdown will be there till May 31,” said the chief minister in a live Facebook interaction as part of his #AskCaptain initiative.
He further indicated the resumption of limited public transport services and the “maximum possible relaxation” in the non-containment zones from May 18.

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