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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

    India’s COVID-19 Lockdown Extended By 2 Weeks Starting May 4

    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an order to further extend the Lockdown for a period of two weeks beyond May 4th, 2020.

    The lockdown 3.0 will go on till May 17.

    A notification by the MHA stated, “After a comprehensive review, and in view of the Lockdown measures having led to significant gains in the COVID-19 situation in the country. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India Gol issued an Order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, today, to further extend the Lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond May 4, 2020.”

    It added, “MHA 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 criteria for identification of districts as Red, Green and Orange Zones have been spelt out in detail in the letter dated April 30, 2020, issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHEW), Gol The Green Zones will be districts with either zero confirmed cases till date, or, no confirmed case in the last 21 days”, it added.

    It added that the classification of districts as Red Zones will take into account the total number of active cases, doubling rate of confirmed cases, the 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.

    The classification of districts into Red, Green and Orange Zones will be shared by MOHEW with the States and Union Territories (UTS) on a weekly basis, or earlier, as required. While States and UTs can include additional districts as Red and Orange Zones, they may not lower the classification of a district included by MOHFW in the list of Red or Orange Zones.


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