Punjab police personnel patrol at a vegetable wholesale market on the outskirts of Amritsar on Friday. AFP
The nationwide lockdown has been extended for a further period of two weeks with effect from May 4, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Friday.
The third phase of lockdown will continue till May 17.
The Home Ministry made the announcement as the lockdown 2.0 was ending on May 3.
The government took the decision after a comprehensive review, and in view of the lockdown measures having led to significant gains in the COVID-19 situation in the country.
The Union Home Ministry issued an order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, on Friday to further extend the lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond May 4.
The Ministry 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 relaxation in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 declared a 21-day countrywide lockdown for the first time to break the chain of transmission of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The restriction was extended on April 14 for another 17 days.
The current lockdown 2.0 is ending on May 3.
Indo-Asian News Service
Modi also asked citizens to stay indoors, not spread panic about the virus and form local groups to ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols. He said the central government is working with states and private companies to ramp up the supply of oxygen, as well as production and distribution of vaccines.
Modi says saving lives is priority as of now and requests citizens to stay put wherever they are.
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