Lockdown in India extended till May 31: Reports

NEW DELHI, May 17 (Agencies): After Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra extended their state-wide lockdowns till May 31, the Centre on Sunday also extended the all-India lockdown till May 31, according to reports.
The third phase of the lockdown, dubbed lockdown 3.0, was to last until May 17. However, as the number of cases continued to rise, an extension—lockdown 4.0—was widely expected, albeit with some relaxations.
After meeting with the chief ministers of all states earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked for suggestions for the implementation of the next phase of lockdown.
States like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat and Delhi have suggested resuming all economies in non-containment zones. However, with the migrant exodus to the states continuing, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha want strict restrictions to continue. Assam has also called for an extension of the lockdown.
Though the lockdown was expected to have reduced the number of cases India had faced, it is now increasingly recognised that the virus will be here to stay.
More details are expected from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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