Centre extends lockdown till May 31; Number of new COVID-19 cases spike to a new high

May 18, 2020 0 By FM

India enters lockdown 4.0 from May 18 as the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Sunday issued an order extending the quarantine till May 31.

In the meantime, the country saw the highest single-day spike in the number of COVID infections today with 5,242 new cases totalling to 96,169 cases reported so far.

The total numbers of active cases reported in the country become 56,316, while the number of deaths crossed 3,000 markings and has reached 3,029 and 36,824 people have been cured.

The Centre has significantly eased restrictions outside the containment zones and has commissioned the states to demarcate these areas based on guidelines issued by the health ministry.

“Within Red and Orange zones, containment zones and buffer zones will be demarcated by district authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,” stated the government order.

Lockdown 4.0 guidelines will be keeping with the intent to open up economic activities as PM Narendra Modi had indicated while addressing the nation on May 12.