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New Delhi: In view of the ever-increasing cases of Coronavirus in the country, the central government has extended the lockdown by 14 days. The nationwide lockdown will continue till 17 May. Despite the lockdown, the Central Government has taken this decision in view of the increasing cases of Kovid-19.
The Narendra Modi, BJP government has extended the lockdown for another two weeks across the country. The 40-day lockdown was to end on 3 May. According to the new decision by the government, now the lockdown will run till May 17. PM Modi had a meeting with the ministers today. The Health Ministry has divided the country into 3 zones on corona infection. There are 319 districts in the Green Zone and 284 in Orange Zone. 130 districts including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad are in the Red Zone. There will be a conditional exemption in the Green Zone and Orange Zone but no relaxation will be available in Red Zone. Air service, rail service, Metro will be closed till 17.
The government took this decision after an extensive review of the situation arising out of Coronavirus infection. The Home Ministry issued the order today under the Disaster Management Act 2005 and decided to extend the lockdown for two weeks.
All traffic facilities in the country will remain closed as before. Train and plane services will not be started. Metro services will also be closed. There will be no gathering in any kind of malls and cinema halls, malls and cinema halls have not been allowed to open until 17 May.
Buses will run in the Green Zone with conditions. The bus will be allowed to carry half the capacity. A passenger with a taxi driver has been approved in the Orange Zone.
Children under 10 years of age are still prohibited from going out. Pregnant women are not allowed out of the house. There will be a ban on autos, taxis, rickshaws, and buses in the Red Zone.
Permission to e-commerce:
Though the Modi government has given some relaxation in lockdown this time. In view of this relaxation, a number of concessions have been made in the Green and Orange zones. Relaxation had been announced for e-commerce. E-commerce has been approved in the Green and Orange zones. The online delivery of non-essential items in these zones is exempted. With this, buses have been allowed to run in the Green Zone with 50 percent ridership. Only 50 percent of the employees will work in the bus depot in the Green Zone.