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Lockdown 4.0 Guidelines Today With Likely Relaxations In Air, Metro Travel

Lockdown 4.0: Announcing the extension last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it would come in "completely different form", with new rules.

New Delhi: The nationwide lockdown, which is entering its fourth phase from tomorrow, is likely to see a lot of rest, especially in the context of public transport, sources indicated. With a limited number of passenger trains since last week, it is the aviation sector and road transport, including metro services, which are expected to get some discounts right now.
Guidelines for the phase will be announced today, which is expected to run for two more weeks until 31 May.

Announcing the extension last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it would come in a “completely different form”, with new rules.

He said, “The corona will be with us for a long time but our lives cannot revolve around it. We will wear masks, we will follow the couple of yards (six feet distance), but we will not let it get off our target. ” .

He had also asked states to submit their blueprints for the lockdown and its gradual removal – speculating about a step forward in the beginning of economic activities.

Sources indicate that there is a possibility that the government will partially allow malls and shopping centers to open, which may be on an asymmetric basis.

Standalone shops have been operating for more than two weeks, during the first phase of the lockout being allowed one step further than shops selling essential items.

It is also likely that metro travel will now be allowed, subject to strict rules of social disturbance.

Construction activity is likely to resume completely in the cities – except zone by zone.

Phase 4 of the lockdown comes as the country has crossed the 90,000 figure in coronovirus cases, reaching a total of 90,927, recording the largest single-day jump of 4,987 new patients. The figure includes 2,872 patients who died and more than 34,000 patients were recovered.

Four states – Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat – which have recorded the highest number of cases in India have recorded the largest jump in COVID-19 count in the last 24 hours.

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