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It’s Lockdown 4.0 till May 31

The Background:

The nationwide lockdown for COVID-19 has been extended till May 31. The lockdown was first imposed for 21 days on March 25. After that it was extended till April 15. Lockdown 3.0 started on May 4. Here are the highlights for lockdown 4.0:

Domestic and international flights and metro rail will remain out of bounds for the general public even as shopping malls, cinema halls, schools, colleges, hotels and restaurants, and religious and political gatherings will continue to remain prohibited. Crucially, the government has allowed inter-state movement of buses and private vehicles with the consent of the involved states. The move will greatly ease public transportation and is likely to come to immediate help of migrant labour on the roads. The night curfew, between 7 pm and 7 am, will continue in all zones.

Furthermore, states and Union Territories (UTs) have been given powers to delineate the Red, Green and Orange zones as per the Covid-19 situation and inter-state movement of passenger vehicles, buses have been allowed with mutual consent of states. District authorities have been directed to demarcate ‘containment’ and ‘buffer’ areas within Red and Orange zones as per Union Health Ministry guidelines.

The nationwide lockdown was first imposed for 21 days starting March 25 and then extended on April 15 and later on May 4 with an aim to stem the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

As India entered the 54th day of the lockdown, the total number of coronavirus cases in India surpassed China’s tally with 95,927 infections and death toll soared to 3,025 on Sunday. China, which has a total of 84,649 cases, stopped adding new cases for the last two months now, while India has been detecting almost 4,000 cases every day for the last few days. Worldwide the death toll is 314,096 and total number of confirmed cases stand at 4,690,287.

 We put in some of the tweets which have been widely followed today

Yashwant Sinha, former finance minister  tweeted, “Like all serials the Nirmala serial is also finally over. It has done what GOI had not done so far, namely rubbing salt in the wound of the poor.”

This one needs condemnation and nothing else

@VidyaKrishnan tweeted, “Dr Sudhakar had said his colleagues were not provided N-95 masks & were asked to use one mask for 15 days. He was first suspended, then accused of spreading misinformation, & them police came knocking…. After all the banging of pots& pans…”

This is a report regarding Dr Sudhakar, an anaesthetist who was suspended by the government two months back after he spoke openly about shortage of N-95 masks for doctors. He was dragged on the road by Visakhapatnam police. He was chained and thrashed. before dumped in an auto and taken to a police station.






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