New Delhi:30/4/20: New guidelines to fight COVID-19 which will give considerable relaxations to many districts will come into effect from May 4 when the nationwide lockdown is set to expire, the Union Home Ministry said on Wednesday. Details of the new measures will be communicated in the days to come, the Home Ministry spokesperson said on Twitter.
MHA held a comprehensive review meeting on the #lockdown situation today. There’ve been tremendous gains & improvement in the situation due to lockdown till now.
To ensure that these gains are not squandered away, the lockdown guidelines should be strictly observed till 3rd May.
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. Earlier in the day, the government announced plans to allow lakhs of migrant workers and students stranded at various places for over a month due to the nationwide lockdown to return home.
But with the COVID-19 tally rising further, the lockdown could continue beyond May 3 at least in some form in some parts of the country, becoming “a new normal”, official sources said. In its evening update, the Union Health Ministry said the number of COVID-19 deaths has risen to 1,008, with a record jump of 71 in the last 24 hours, while the number of confirmed infections has climbed to 31,787.
The number of districts designated COVID-19 hotspots or “Red Zones” has come down to 129 from 170 a fortnight ago, but in the same period the number of infection-free districts or “Green Zones” too decreased from 325 to 307, news agency PTI reported, quoting official sources, on Wednesday. During this time, the number of non-hotspot districts, also known as “Orange Zones”, increased from 207 to 297, they said.