GUWAHATI: As a measure to contain the sprrad of Coronavirus disease in India, the National Disaster Management Authority has extended the nationwide lockdown till 31st May.
The Central Government has implemented the nationwide lockdown in four phases:
> Phase 1: Lockdown 1.0: 25 March 2020 – 14 April 2020 (21 days)
> Phase 2: Lockdown 2.0: 15 April 2020 – 3 May 2020 (19 days)
> Phase 3: Lockdown 3.0: 4 May 2020 – 17 May 2020 (14 days)
> Phase 4: Lockdown 4.0: 18 May 2020 – 31 May 2020 (14 days)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday confirmed that the nationwide lockdown will continue post May 17 amid the spike in the coronavirus cases. He, however, said that the fourth phase of lockdown will be ‘completely different’, adding that the government will ease out the curbs.
“Lockdown 4 will not be the same. It will be different from before with new rules,” PM Modi had said in his address.
As per a PTI report, the Centre will provide lots of relaxations and flexibility in lockdown 4.0 with complete reopening of the green zones while there will be very less restrictions in orange zones. The report said that strict restrictions will continue only in the containment areas of red zones.
The report further said that the full-fledged opening of train services and domestic airlines is unlikely to take place but they will be allowed to operate partially from next week.
“Schools, colleges, malls and cinema halls will not be allowed to open anywhere in the country but salons, barber shops and optical shops may be allowed in red zones, barring COVID-19 containment areas,” PTI quoted an official as saying.
(with inputs from PTI)
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that until new directives are issued by the Union Government the existing guideline will remain in force in the State and asked the DCs and SPs to ensure their total compliance.
Sonowal directed the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of the State to take on board MLAs, MPs and Minister in-charge of the respective districts to tide over the challenges posed by COVID-19 and stressed united effort by all stakeholders to revive the economy that suffered a major setback during the coronavirus induced nationwide lockdown. He directed this while reviewing ongoing measures and future steps to deal with CODIV-19 pandemic through video conference at Brahmaputra State Guest House in Guwahati today.
In view of large number of stranded people of Assam returning to the State with operation of special trains, the Chief Minister asked DCs and SPs to take steps for setting up of quarantine management committees at village and block level in consultation with panchayat representatives, village headmen, VDP members, tea garden sardars and local NGOs. He also instructed them to develop a positive environment in the villages for people living in home quarantine with active support of senior citizens and opinion leaders.
The Chief Minister applauded leadership of principals of the medical colleges for the praiseworthy services rendered by doctors, nurses and health staff of the medical colleges.
(with inputs from PRATIDIN TIME)