COVID-19: Lockdown extended for two more weeks in India from 4 May

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Srinagar: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday said that the lockdown enforced due to the coronavirus pandemic has been extended for two weeks from 4 May.

The government had announced a nationwide lockdown on 4-hours notice on 24 March.

In Orange Zones, inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only. Four-wheelers will have a maximum of two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers.

A limited number of activities will remain prohibited across India, irrespective of the zone, including travel by air, rail, metro & inter-State movement by road; running of schools, colleges, and other educational & training/coaching institutions, said the MHA. In Orange Zones, in addition to activities permitted in Red Zone, taxis and cab aggregators will be permitted with one driver and one passenger only.

The criteria for identifications of districts as Red, Green, and Orange Zones have been spelt out in detail in the letter dated 30 April, issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), GoI. The Green Zones will be districts with either zero confirmed cases till date; or no confirmed case in the last 21 days.

Earlier this week, the MHA also allowed inter-state movement of stranded passengers including pilgrims, visitors, and students — to be facilitated by state and Union Territory governments.

Yesterday, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir had designated Shaleen Kabra, principal secretary of the Home Department, as the officer to look after the movement of stranded passengers.

Globally, 3,309,002 people have been infected by coronavirus so far, and the total number of deaths from the disease stands at 234,142. Nations hit with most coronavirus cases at present are the US (1,095,304 ) Spain (239,639), Italy (205,463), UK (171,253), France (167,178) and Germany (163,009).

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