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Maharashtra extends lockdown till May 31


With the cases of coronavirus and deaths due to it rising rapidly, the Maharashtra government on Sunday decided to extend the lockdown, which was valid till May 17, until May 31.

Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta has issued an order notifying an extension of the lockdown.

“The calibrated phase-wise relaxation/lifting of lockdown orders will be notified in due course,” the order said.

Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in India recording the maximum number of cases and deaths due to COVID-19.

Of the total 2,872 fatalities in India, Maharashtra tops the tally with 1,135 fatalities while Gujarat comes second with 625 deaths.

Maharashtra is also among the only three states in India which have registered over 10,000 cases.

“Lockdown 3.0 ends today. Lockdown 4.0 will come into effect tomorrow and will be valid till May 31. There will be some relaxations in the fourth phase,” an official said.

“The green and orange zones will get more relaxations, in terms of starting more services. As of now, only essential services are operational, he said.

Maharashtra has recorded 30,706 COVID-19 cases of which 22,479 are active. The death toll is 1135, while 7,088 patients have been discharged after recovery.

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