COVID-19 LIVE Updates: Lockdown Extended Again For 2 Weeks, Applicable From 4 May till 17 May


India’s Central Government has extended the lockdown further for 2 weeks till 17 May. Under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, The Ministry of Health Affairs issued a central order extending the lock down from 4th May to 17th May, 2020.

In lockdown 3.0, the ministry issued some modification in allowed activities from last time. In the guideline issues by MHA, activities have to be regulated in this period based on risk profiling of the districts of the country into Red (hotspot), Green and Orange zones.

The home ministry released a statement – “A large number of other activities are allowed in the Red Zones. All industrial and construction activities in rural areas, including MNREGA works, food-processing units and brick-kilns are permitted.”

In orange zones, taxis and cabs are allowed with two passengers apart from the relaxations in red zones.

The Guideline issued by MHA marks some the activities as prohibited across the country irrespective of the zone. These activities include travel by air, rail, metro and inter-State movement by road as well as running of schools, colleges, other educational and training/coaching centers.

All the major metro cities including Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad are marked as red zones for lockdown 3.0.

Central government has asked states and local bodies to mark containment areas and buffer zones for strict monitoring of movement.