India extends coronavirus lockdown to May 31

In its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, India has extended the nationwide lockdown till May 31. The announcement was made on May 17- the day when the third extension of the lockdown was to end. The country has announced its first lockdown on March 25.

The nationwide lockdown has been extended, but keeping the dwindling economy in mind, India has planned to allow some sectors of its economy to resume operations keeping in mind the safety protocols.

In a statement, the Home Affairs Ministry said, “Lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 will continue for a period of up to (May 31).”

There will be no ease in the opening of schools, places of worship, shopping malls, cinemas and gyms, while the bans on large gatherings for religious and sporting events remains at place.

The Ministry in the statement has said that the city metro train services will also remain suspended alongside domestic and international air travel.

The Ministry added that sporting events will also be allowed in empty stadiums, while restaurants will be allowed for opening for home delivery and takeaway services.

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