Centre extends nationwide lockdown by two more weeks

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The government of India on Friday extended the nationwide lockdown by another two weeks.

An order in this regard was issued by the ministry of home affairs after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held consultations with his cabinet colleagues in the morning.

"After a comprehensive review, and in view of the Lockdown measures having led to significant gains in the COVID-19 situation in the country, MHA issued an Order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, today, to further extend the Lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond May 4, 2020,” a press release issued by the Home Ministry said.

MHA also issued new guidelines to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into Red (hotspot), Green and Orange Zones. The guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones

The total number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 35,365 on Friday as the death toll touched 1,152 in the country, according to the Health Ministry.

The decision comes close on the heels of several meetings that Prime Minister Narendra Modi held with his ministers since yesterday. Earlier on Friday, the PM held meetings with home minister Amit Shah, railway minister Piyush Goyal and Aviation minister Hardeep Puri to chalk out a lockdown plan (with inputs from agencies).

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