Lockdown extended for two more weeks from May 4: MHA

The guidelines issued by the Union Home Ministry allow the cab aggregators to operate in Orange Zones and stated that Aarogya Setu aap should be mandatory among residents from containment areas in red zones

Lockdown extended for two more weeks from May 4: MHA

Union Home Ministry on Friday announced that the lockdown across the country has been extended by two more weeks from May 4 while the restrictions will be lifted in accordance to the zones - red, orange and green - identified across the country. This is the third lockdown imposed by the centre in the view of coronavirus pandemic. 

India has been under lockdown since March 25. The first nationwide lockdown which was to end on April 14 was extended till May 3. Now, the Union Home Ministry informed that the lockdown will remain for a further period of two weeks. 

The Home Minister issued guidelines stating that there is a limited number of activities which are prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the zone. In Green Zones, buses can operate with up to 50 per cent seating capacity. Moreover, the bus depots in green zones across the country can operate with 50 per capacity. 

“The local authority shall ensure 100 per cent coverage of Aarogya Setu app among the residents of the Containment Zone,” the guidelines said while adding that the areas with growing COVID-19 spread falling under red and orange zones have been designated as containment zones.

The movements of a cycle rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, running taxis and cab aggregators will not be allowed in red zones while the cab aggregators like Ola and Uber will be permitted in orange zones but with only two people including the driver. 

Earlier today, the Home Ministry also allowed the movement of migrant workers and labourers along with the stranded students, pilgrims, tourists and others via special trains which will be operated by the Indian Railways. 

The lockdown extension was announced after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday along with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. The number of coronavirus cases in India rose 35,365 - including 25,148 COVID-19 positive and 1,152 deaths. Nearly 9,064 patients who have been cured or discharged and one who has migrated till now.

Also Read - 

Lockdown To Be Lifted After May 3 Depending In Accordance To Zones: Uddhav Thackeray

Election Commission Decides To Hold Election To Legislative Council In Maharashtra On May 21

MumbaiLive would like to send you latest news updates