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Lockdown 4.0: Union government extends lockdown till May 31

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The Union government has extended the ongoing lockdown by two more weeks till May 31.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has asked the Ministries and Departments of Government of India, State Governments and State Authorities to continue the lockdown measures up to May 31, 2020.

“Lockdown has been extended to contain the spread of COVID-19; fresh guidelines will be issued,” said NDMA.

The Lockdown 4.0 is likely to see more relaxations than previous lockdowns. The road transport and air services are expected to get some relaxation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said last week that Lockdown 4.0 would be completely different from the earlier lockdowns.

The nationwide lockdown that the Prime Minister had first announced on March 24 was slated to end on May 17. Modi had on March 24 announced the nationwide lockdown for 21 days.

On 1 May, the MHA further extended the lockdown period to two weeks beyond 4 May, with some relaxations. The Central government recently announced Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package to combat COVID-19.

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