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Maharashtra extends coronavirus lockdown till July 31

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray led Maharashtra government has extended the coronavirus lockdown till July 31 amid steady growth in the COVID-19 numbers in the state. Issuing fresh guidelines for what it called ‘Mission Begin Again’, the government said that movement for non-essential activities will be restricted within the neighbourhoods in the Mumbai...

Maharashtra CM hints extension of lockdown restrictions post June 30

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday indicated that the ongoing lockdown restrictions will go beyond June 30, though the ‘unlock’ process is being gradually implemented to put the economy back on track. “Don’t think that the lockdown restrictions will cease after June 30. The threat of COVID-19 still looms over the state and all precautions...

As states implement relaxations under ‘Unlock 1’, Mizoram adopts total lockdown for 2 weeks

Mizoram has decided to revert to a total lockdown following a sudden spurt in the number of coronavirus cases. The move comes as other states opened malls, restaurants, and places of worship after two months as part of Centre’s ‘Unlock1″ guidelines. The decision to impose the lockdown for two weeks starting June 9 was taken...

No coercive steps against employers for not paying full wages during lockdown: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on pleas challenging Centre’s order asking employers to pay full wages to employees for lockdown period. The apex court directed that no coercive action should be taken against employers for violation of Centre’s March 29 order on full wages to employees. The Centre has justified its direction...

HC seeks report from Centre, Gujarat after PIL questions constitutional validity of lockdown

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday sought a report from the Centre and the state governments after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) questioning the constitutional validity of the lockdown imposed by the authorities to contain the spread of COVID-19 came up for hearing. Entertaining the PIL filed by petitioner Vishwas Bhamburkar through his counsel KR...

Maharashtra extends lockdown till June 30, to ease restrictions from June 5

The Maharashtra government has extended the lockdown in the entire state till June 30 but has decided to ease the restriction from June 5. The state government has named the lockdown extension as “Mission Begin Again” owing to relaxations in the lockdown. In the “Mission Begin Again”, markets and shops, except malls, will be allowed...

Amit Shah meets PM Modi to discuss lockdown extension

Home Minister Amit Shah met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss the future strategy for India’s fight against coronavirus pandemic and resumption of economic activities amid rising COVID-19 cases across the country. The development comes a day after he spoke to various chief ministers and sought their feedback on the road ahead, as...

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...

Odisha CM demands lockdown extension during meeting with PM Modi

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday pitched for extending the national lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus for another month and demanded more testing centres. Patnaik’s proposal came during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s video conference with chief ministers. Odisha health minister Naba Das said like several CMs who participated in the video conference,...

Coronavirus Pandemic: PM Modi to hold meeting with chief ministers on April 27

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be speaking to chief ministers of all states on April 27 regarding the national lockdown and the coronavirus situation in the country. This will be the PM’s third video conference with all chief ministers since India went under a national lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Sources revealed that...

Man travels 2,800 km from Vapi to his hometown in Assam amid lockdown

A 45-year-old man reached his home district in central Assam on Sunday night after partly walking for 25 days from Vapi, an industrial town in Gujarat 2,800 km away. Jadav Gogoi, a migrant labourer in Vapi, told his rescuers that he began walking on March 27 along the highway. He dodged the police in several districts along...

Gujarat reports highest surge of 367 COVID-19 cases in 24-hours, 239 from Ahmedabad; death toll rises to 63

Gujarat has reported its highest surge in the number of COVID-19 cases with 367 fresh cases reported in the past 24-hours ending at 6 pm on Sunday. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the state’s coronavirus tally to 1,743. After 12 deaths were reported from Gujarat on Saturday, 10 fresh deaths were again...