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Lockdown extended for another two weeks

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The Centre on Friday extended the lockdown for another two weeks. The lockdown was to come to an end on May 3. The extension was made by the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

The centre cited the rising deaths and cases due to Covid19 as the reason for extending the lockdown. India has seen 1,152 deaths and 35,365 cases across the country due to Covid19.The ministry has also issued new guidelines for activities in the various zones. Areas across the country have been divided into red, green and orange zones based on their risk profiling for Covid19 cases.

The new guidelines have allowed for further relaxation in green and orange zones like inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles for certain activities. Four wheelers can have only three passengers including the driver while pillion riding has been banned for two wheelers.

Taxis and cabs can ferry 1 passenger at a time. It has also allowed for industrial and construction activities sin rural areas including MNREGA related work. However, travel by air, rail (except special trains to ferry stranded travellers and migrants), schools, colleges, hotels, restaurants and cinema halls and malls will continue to remain shut. 

Plying of rickshaws, autos and taxi cabs will however be not allowed in red zones. Spas and salons and barber shops will also remain closed.