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India extends lock-down till 17th May

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Deaths surge to 1,154 in India

NEW DELHI, May 01: The nationwide coronavirus lockdown will be extended by two weeks after May 4, the government has said.

Travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road will remain banned

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, gyms and sports complexes will also stay shut.

The government will also not allow social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings; and, religious places/ places of worship.

Indian laborers kept in quarantine after arriving from outside the state protest against poor treatment at the quarantine center in Prayagraj, India, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The shelter-in-place orders imposed in India on March 24 halted all but essential services, sparking an exodus of migrant workers and people who survive on daily wages out of India’s cities and toward villages in rural areas. Authorities picked up travelers in a fleet of buses and quarantined many of them in empty schools and other public buildings for 14 days. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Indian home ministry has 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.

There will be considerable relaxations in the areas falling in the Green and Orange Zones, the government said.

Earlier the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has claimed 1,154 lives so far in the country while the number of infections rose to 35,043 cases.


There were 73 fresh deaths and 1,993 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,154 and the infections to 35,043, the ministry said in a statement.


Out of the total cases, 8,889 people were discharged from hospitals after they recovered, according to the statement.


Maharashtra remains the worst hit state in India as the death toll climbed to 459 while there are 10,498 infections. Gujarat came second with 214 deaths and 4,395 cases as the pandemic affected 32 Indian states.
In a bid to prevent the spread of deadly virus, the Indian authorities had imposed a nationwide lockdown, slapping curfew-like restrictions, closing down schools and universities, and banning religious festivals and huge gatherings

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