Coronavirus: Lockdown will be extended with 'considerable relaxations', hints Centre
With just three days left for the coronavirus-linked nationwide lockdown to come to an end, the Centre on Wednesday night hinted that the restrictions would continue but "considerable relaxations" would be given in some districts.
Details of this arrangement will be out soon, said the spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The MHA said strict lockdown rules have to continue till May 3.
India's 40-day lockdown started on March 25
It was on March 24 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a televised address, said India would be locked down from midnight for 21 days to ensure the contagious coronavirus doesn't spread exponentially.
On April 14, he returned to talk with Indians again, extending the lockdown till May 3.
In the second bout of curbs, relaxations were given to the agricultural sector.
Some states want lockdown to be extended
In a video interaction with PM Modi this week, some states supported the idea of extending the lockdown.
Of nine CMs, four said the restrictions should remain in place.
In fact, Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma announced the lockdown will continue in his state after May 3, with inter-state and intra-state movement being banned.
It was reported that Delhi also wants an extension.
New guidelines will be released
Amid speculations, MHA spokesperson put out a couple of tweets hinting at the government's plans after May 3.
"New guidelines to fight #COVID19 will come into effect from 4th May, which shall give considerable relaxations to many districts. Details regarding this shall be communicated in the days to come, (sic)" one tweet read.
The MHA also said considerable gains were made due to the lockdown.
Lockdown yielded results, said MHA
"There has been tremendous gains & improvement in the situation because of the lockdown till now. To ensure that these gains are not squandered away, full strictness should be observed in the lockdown till 3rd May, (sic)" a tweet read.
Stay home, stay safe: MHA
New guidelines to fight #COVID19 will come into effect from 4th May, which shall give considerable relaxations to many districts. Details regarding this shall be communicated in the days to come.#Corona Update#StayHomeStaySafe @PMOIndia @HMOIndia @MoHFW_INDIA— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) April 29, 2020
Hotspots would certainly not get relaxations
While districts that have been free from coronavirus are likely to get relief, MHA would certainly not extend the benefits to those battered by COVID-19.
In India, 1,079 have lost their lives to the virus, which originated in China last year. The total number of people infected is 33,062.
Globally, 228,224 passed away with the US becoming the worst-affected nation.
Earlier, MHA allowed the movement of migrant workers
These tweets came just hours after MHA allowed the movement of "migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students, and other persons stranded at different places."
Migrant workers were the worst-hit due to the lockdown as they didn't have jobs or food on their plates. They then started walking home.
Some states had earlier announced they would be bringing migrant workers and students home.