The Centre is likely to extend the lockdown till June 15, CNN News18 has reported. However, there could be more relaxations in the offing.
The fourth phase of the lockdown is currently on going, and is slated to end on May 31. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had first given the clarion call for a nationwide lockdown in order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus on March 24. Since then, the lockdown has been extended three times.
A top home ministry functionary told some news channel that the next phase will be a “lockdown extension in spirit”, and said that most of the focus would be on 11 cities that account for nearly 70 present of the COVID-19 cases in the country.
This includes the six major metro cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Kolkata, as well as Pune, Thane, Jaipur, Surat and Indore. The total number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed the 1.5 lakh mark, with the maximum number of cases being reported from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Delhi.
However, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Spokesperson took to Twitter and clarified that all claims made to have inside details about Lockdown 5 from MHA sources are mere speculations. To attribute them to MHA is incorrect and being irresponsible.
The statement from the Centre came after some media reports quoting sources from MHA claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation in the days to come and will unveil government’s action plan for Lockdown 5.0.
The media reports also quoted anonymous sources from MHA and made claims that PM Modi, in his address, will emphasise on the lockdown spirit and also announce measures on easing of restrictions in most parts of the country.
India itself has recorded as many as 1,51,767 positive cases so far of which 83,004 are active cases. While 64,425 people have recovered and been discharged, 4337 people lost their lives to the deadly disease