The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday extended the lockdown across the country for two more weeks, that is, till May 17. Earlier, the lockdown had been extended till May 3. The Ministry in a press statement said that after a comprehensive review, the government has issued an order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, to further extend the lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond May 4, 2020. This means the lockdown has been extended till May 17. India first went on lockdown from March 25.
The MHA 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. The guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the green and orange zones.
The green zones will be districts with either zero confirmed cases till date; or, no confirmed case in the last 21 days. The classification of districts as red zones will take into account the total number of active cases, doubling rate of confirmed cases, extent of testing and surveillance feedback from the districts. Those districts, which are neither defined as red nor green shall be classified as orange zones.