İrem UZUN -TDO- The Indian government has extended the world's biggest coronavirus lockdown by two weeks starting May 4, but with some easing of restrictions. "After a comprehensive review, and in view of the lockdown measures having led to significant gains in the COVID-19 situation in the country, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India issued an order under the Disaster Management Act to further extend the lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond May 4, 2020," India's Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday said in a statement.
New guidelines update the country's designated red, green and orange zoning system. However, travel by air, rail, and road will still remain suspended. Red zones are considered hotspots, while considerable relaxations will be permitted in areas considered less dangerous. The Green zones are the areas with zero confirmed COVID-19 cases or no single positive case in the past 21 days. Those districts, which are neither defined as Red nor Green, shall be classified as Orange zones. India has been under lockdown measures since 24 March.
The government issued an order on Friday to provide special trains for stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists and students to return home. In one of the first big efforts to help migrants return, a train departed on Friday carrying people marooned in the southern state of Telangana to the eastern state of Jharkhand.
India has reported more than 35,000 cases and 1,147 confirmed deaths from the virus. The official toll is far lower than in the United States and many European countries.