Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah
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On Friday the Home Ministry issued an order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 to extend the lockdown by two more week.

This will be the third phase, since the pan-India ockdown began at the end of March.

The notice issued by the MHA said that the decision had been taken following a comprehensive review and was taken keeping in mind the way the lockdown measures have led to "significant gains" when it came to India's progress in tackling the situation.

"MHA also issued new guidelines to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the distincts of the country into Red (hotspot), Green and Orange Zones," the notice added.

The next phase of lockdown, according to the MHA will permit "considerable relaxations" when it came to the districts that fall in the Green and Orange zones.

Even as lockdown measures are relaxed, several activities will remain prohibited across India. This includes travel by air, road or rail or any other means that are at present out of bounds. Additionally, schools, colleges, coaching centres and other educational institutions will continue to remain shut, as will hospitality services and places of large public gatherings, such as cinema halls, malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, as well as social, political, cultural, religious or any other kind of gathering.

"However, movement of persons by air, rail and roads allowed for select purposes, and for purposes as permitted by MHA," the press note adds.

"Movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities, shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm and 7 am," the note adds.

. Local aAhorities shall issue orders under appropriate provisions of law, such as prohibitory orders /curfew] under Section 144 of Gfec., for this purpose, and ensure strict compliance. In all zones, persons above years of age, per.ns with cAmorbklities, pregnant women, and chiklren below the age of 10 years, shall stay A home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes. OMPatient Departments (OPOs) and Medical clinics shall be perm.ed to opera. in Red. Orange and Green Zones, with social dMancing norms and other

As of Friday afternoon, India had recorded 35365 positive cases. Of these 9064 people have been discharged, while 1152 people have died.

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