Lockdown 3.0 extended by two weeks from May 4

Covid-19 tracker, Coronavirus India Lockdown Extension LIVE News updates: Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of cases, nearly 10,500, followed by Gujarat (4,395) and Delhi (3,515).
Coronavirus India Lockdown Extension LIVE News updates: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday decided to extend the nationwide lockdown, imposed to arrest the spread of coronavirus, for two more weeks starting from May 4. The lockdown which is in place since March 25, was set to end after completing 40 days on May 3. In the last 24 hours, India reported 1,913 cases of coronavirus, taking the total number in the country to 35,365 on Friday, including 1,152 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said. Maharashtra recorded the highest number of infections, nearly 10,500, followed by Gujarat (4,395) and Delhi (3,515).
Meanwhile, the Centre divided districts in the country into ‘red’, ‘orange’ and ‘green’ zones as per the doubling rate and number of cases. At least 130 districts are in the red zone, 284 in orange and 319 in green. Metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad are in the red zone. The government said it could be possible to relax restrictions in red and orange zones. (Here is the full list)

It also issued an order allowing movement of stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and others by special trains operated by the Railways Ministry. The first such train carrying about 1,000 migrant labourers left Telangana’s Lingampally at 6 am this morning and will reach Hatia in Jharkhand at 11 pm. At least 1,000 workers will leave Aluva in Kerala this evening and head for Bhuvaneshwar in Odisha.

Meanwhile, on the global front, the coronavirus has claimed at least over 233,000 lives and infected over 3.2 million people, according to a tally by John Hopkins University. The United States continues to be the worst-hit, with over 10,00,000 cases and 61,000 deaths.

Green Zone: What is allowed?
All activities are permitted in green zones except the following:
  • Travel by air, rail, metro and inter-State movement by road
  • Running of schools, colleges, and other educational and training/ coaching institutions
  • Hospitality services, including hotels and restaurants
  • Places of large public gatherings, such as cinema halls, malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes etc
  • Social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings
  • Religious places/ places of worship for public
However buses can operate with upto 50 per cent seating capacity and bus depots can operate with upto 50 per cent capacity.

Orange Zone: What is allowed?
The government has allowed all activities permitted in red zones (listed in the subsequent update) in Orange Zones, and the following activities:
  • Taxis and cab aggregators will be permitted with 1 driver and 1 passenger only
  • Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only
  • Four wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers
Red Zone: What is allowed?
Here is what is allowed in red zones:
  • The movement of individuals and vehicles is allowed only for permitted activities, with a maximum of 2 persons (besides the driver) in four-wheeler vehicles, and with no pillion rider in the case of two-wheelers
  • Industrial establishments in urban areas with staggered shifts and social distancing. This includes manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates; production units, which require continuous process, and their supply chain; manufacturing of IT hardware; jute industry
  • Construction activities in urban areas have been limited to in-situ construction (where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside) and construction of renewable energy projects.
  • All standalone (single) shops, neighborhood (colony) shops and shops in residential complexes are permitted to remain open in urban areas, without any distinction of essential and non-essential 
  • E-Commerce activities, in the Red Zones, are permitted only in respect of essential goods
  • Private offices can operate with upto 33% strength as per requirement, with the remaining persons working from home
  • All Government offices shall function with senior officers of the level of Deputy Secretary and above at full strength, and the remaining staff attending upto 33% as per requirement
  • Agricultural, animal husbandry, plantation activities
  • Financial sector, including banks, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), insurance and capital market activities, and credit co-operative societies
  • Commerical, private establishments
  • Public utilities
  • Operation of homes for children, senior citizens, destitutes, women and widows etc
  • Operation of Anganwadies. 
India lockdown extended: What are red, orange and green zones?
  • Green Zones: These are districts with either zero confirmed cases till date or no confirmed case in the last 21 days
  • Red Zone: These districts are classified taking into account the total number of active cases, doubling rate of confirmed cases, extent of testing and surveillance feedback from the districts
  • Orange Zone: Those districts which are neither defined as Red nor Green are classified as orange zones
  • Containment Zone: The government has identified containment zones as the most sensitive areas of the country, in terms of the spread of COVID-19, which fall within the Red and Orange Zones. 
Red zones: Transportation, buses, barber shops, saloons to remain closed
These activities are not allowed in Red Zones:
  • Plying of cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws
  • Running of taxis and cab aggregators
  • Intra-district and inter-district plying of buses
  • Barber shops, spas and saloons. 
Govt reiterates: All goods traffic permitted; no separate pass needed
The government has reiterated in its notification that all goods traffic will be permitted across the country as well as with neighbouring countries. "No State/ UT shall stop the movement of cargo for cross land-border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate pass of any sort is needed for such movement, which is essential for maintaining the supply chain of goods and services across the country during the lockdown period," it states. The MHA had issued a notification with similar orders yesterday after complaints of inter-state trucks being stopped.
No restrictions on agriculture, allied sectors: Govt
The government has lifted restrictions on all agriculture activities, including sowing, harvesting, procurement and marketing operations in the agricultural supply chain. Animal husbandry activities are now fully permitted, including inland and marine fisheries. All plantation activities are allowed, including their processing and marketing.
Private companies can open with 33% staff: Govt
Govt allows private offices to operate with upto 33 per cent strength, with the remaining persons working from home. It says all government offices will reopen with senior officers of the level of Deputy Secretary and above at full strength; only 33 per cent of remaining staff will attend office.
Govt prohibits movement of people for non-essential services between 7 pm to 7 am
The government has said movement of all individuals, for all non-essential activities, shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am. Authorities are expected to issue orders under appropriate provisions of law, such as prohibitory orders [curfew] under Section 144 of CrPC, for this purpose, and ensure strict compliance.
In all zones, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes. 

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