Lockdown likely to be extended till May 30 

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Considerable relaxations likely in green and orange zones 

  • The lockdown is likely to be extended till May 30 with considerable relaxations in the green and orange zones.  
  • The lockdown 4.0 would be more about implementing its “spirit” than imposing restrictions. 
  • The current third phase of the lockdown, which was imposed first on March 24 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, ends on May 17. 
  • Metro rail services in cities would continue to remain suspended as most routes fall in the containment zones, which would continue to be under “curfew-like” conditions. 
  • The suggestions from most States have been received and they have advocated an extension of the lockdown.  

Guidelines today 

  • The guidelines to be followed during lockdown 4.0 would be finalised by the Prime Minister and released by the Ministry of Home Affairs. 
  • Buses would not be allowed in red zones, autorickshaws and cab aggregators are likely to be allowed in all zones with maximum two passengers. 
  • Malls would continue to remain shut, trains will continue to operate on the current model, only allowed on special routes.  
  • The issue of migrants walking on the road is a big issue.  
  • The States have been asked to utilise around ₹11,092 crore released to them under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for their welfare. 
  • The green zones are districts with either zero confirmed cases till date, or no confirmed case in the last 21 days. 
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