The novel coronavirus outbreak has brought regular life to a standstill in India. Over a month and a half after the country went into a state of lockdown on March 25, large swathes of the country continues to be in a similar situation. The third phase of lockdown will end on May 17, and earlier Prime Minister Modi had hinted at a fourth phase.
Lockdown 3.0 had brought with it an easing of restrictions, at least in some areas. Speaking on Monday, Modi had indicated that there would be a further easing of curbs, stating that he was of the opinion that the measures of the previous phases wouldn't be needed in the fourth phase.
Since then, several states have indicated that there will be at least some restrictions in place beyond May 17. Maharashtra for example has decided to extend the lockdown till May 31 for the red zones of the country. On Saturday, Punjab extended the lockdown till May 31. There will however be no curfew in the state.
According to a News18 report, over 30 municipal areas in 12 states have been identified. The report to opine that it is in these areas that maximum restrictions will be imposed.
Reportedly, the Union health secretary will be meeting with district medical officers to chalk out a plan of action.
According to the News18 report the selected localities include Greater Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Solapur, Nashik, Aurangabad and Pune in Maharashtra.
Delhi is one of the 30 areas, and in West Bengal Kolkata and Howrah are the two regions.
The localities in Rajasthan are Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
The localities in Madhya Pradesh are Indore and Bhopal.
The localities in Gujarat are Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara.
The localities in Uttar Pradesh are Agra and Meerut.
The localities in Tamil Nadu are Greater Chennai, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Chengalpattu, Ariyalur and Villupuram.
Apart from that, Greater Hyderabad in Telangana, Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh and Amritsar in Punjab.