Lockdown 4 Guidelines LIVE Updates: The Centre has extended the nationwide lockdown until May 31, but allowed several more relaxations outside containment zones to restart economic activity. For the states, the big change is that they would be allowed to demarcate the red, green and orange zones.
The new guidelines by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) permits barber shops, salons and shopping complexes to open. However, the night curfew will remain in effect, which means that all non-essential travel will remain prohibited between 7pm and 7am. The ban on flights and metro services will also remain in place till May 31. Full list of activities allowed and banned can be seen here.
The extension of the lockdown comes as the death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 2,872 and the number of total positive cases climbed to 90,927 Sunday morning, according to the Union Health Ministry. Earlier today, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, the two states with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, extended the lockdown till May 31 ahead of the Centre's new guidelines.
The Karnataka government, meanwhile, had extended the lockdown in the state for the next two days, or till Tuesday midnight, as it awaits the Centre's new guidelines.
While a limited number of passenger trains running since last week, it is the aviation sector and road transport, including metro services, which people are expecting to see some relaxation in next. The guidelines will be announced this evening for the phase, which is expected to last for two more weeks, until May 31.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on Tuesday, had said that the lockdown 4.0 will have a "completely different form", with new rules. "No state wants complete withdrawal of lockdown but all want gradual resumption of economic activities," a home ministry official said.
Over 30 cities have been identified in 12 states where maximum restrictions are likely to be imposed as India enters phase four of coronavirus lockdown. The list includes most metros, except Bengaluru.
The selected municipal areas are: Brihanmumbai or Greater Mumbai, Greater Chennai, Ahmedabad, Thane, Delhi, Indore, Pune, Kolkata, Jaipur, Nashik, Jodhpur, Agra, Tiruvallur, Aurangabad, Cuddalore, Greater Hyderabad, Surat, Chengalpattu, Ariyalur, Howrah, Kurnool, Bhopal, Amritsar, Villupuram, Vadodara, Udaipur, Palghar, Berhampur, Solapur and Meerut.
The development comes as India reported nearly 5000 new cases in 24 hours, the highest single-day spike, taking the overall case count over 90,000.