BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: In most states, the lockdown has been extended till April 30 and now, the Centre is thinking of providing some relaxation during this extended lockdown since the economy of the country has been badly hit. After Saturday’s video conference with at least 13 chief ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had indicated that the lockdown will be extended and there will be relaxations in certain areas to ensure the survival of the economy as well.
Though PM Modi hasn’t announced the extension officially, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday tweeted that government has decided to extend the lockdown for two more weeks. Also, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also declared officially the extension of lockdown in her state and so did the states of Punjab, Maharashtra and Odisha.
Sources said the country will be divided into three zones — red, orange and green — during the extended period of lockdown depending on the number of coronavirus cases in that respective region. The red zones are those where the districts where sizeable number of cases have been detected or areas which have been declared as hotspots. Orange zones are those where only a few cases have been found in the past with no increase in the number of positive cases. In these zones, the government will allow minimum activities like opening of limited public transport and harvesting of farm products. And in the green zones, there is no COVID-19 cases.
Sources said there are 400 districts, where there have been no COVID-19 cases.