INDIA LOCKDOWN: Modi announces extension of lockdown into May

India will extend the lockdown intended to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic until May 3, instead of the original end-date of April 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Tuesday April 14.

In his address, Modi added that each district would be evaluated in a week’s time to see if restrictions could be eased.
“Until April 20, every town, every police station, every district, every state will be evaluated on how much the lockdown is being followed,” he said. “Areas that will succeed in this test, which are not in the hot-spot category and are less likely to turn into a hot spot, may be allowed to open up selected necessary activities from April 20.”
A detailed guideline will be issued by the government on April 15, he added, while supply chain constraints were continually being removed.

The original 21-day lockdown in the country began on March 25. Because the steel sector is listed in India’s Essential Services Maintenance Act of 1981, steel plants were allowed to continue operations, although many of them quickly had to reduce production due to a...


Carrie Bone

April 14, 2020

13:40 GMT