July 13, 2020 | 2:49 PM IST
lockdown 4.0

India enters lockdown 4.0; major relaxations pave way to restart economic activities

As the country enters lockdown 4.0 on Monday, the Centre has extended much more relaxations than the previous phases. The lockdown 4.0, which has been extended till May 31, is likely to see the economy open up allowing offices and industries with 35%-50% staff, at the same time the Centre has taken steps to ensure that social distancing is practiced to restrict the spread of Novel Coronavirus.
Under the fourth phase, the country has been further divided into five zones – red, containment, buffer, orange and green. The task of identifying the zones has been given to the district administration. However, the movement of individuals for non-essential activities will continue to remain prohibited from 7 pm to 7 am.

While metros, rail, ships, and air services will continue to remain suspended, the Centre has opened up plying of inter-state busses with the consent of state heads for the benefit of migrant workers. Even the private and rented four-wheelers can move between states.
The prohibition on educational institutions, places of public gathering such as malls, cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, and religious gatherings will remain suspended, but hotels and restaurants can start functioning with just home delivery services.
On Monday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that the Coronavirus positive cases in the country reached, 90,927 with 2,872 deaths. Currently, there are 56,316 active cases in different parts of the country.
Maharashtra’s cases reached 33,053 mark with 2,347 cases reported in the last 24 hours alone. Similarly, Gujarat’s tally reached 11,380 cases, Tamil Nadu has 11,224 and Delhi reported 9,755 cases. 

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