Punjab CM announces lockdown extension till May 31; limited public transport likely to resume

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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has announced the replacement of curfew with a lockdown till May 31 in the state in view of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Singh also hinted at the resumption of limited public transport and maximum possible relaxations in non-containment zones from May 18, news agency ANI quoted the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office as saying. 

The chief minister, in his suggestions to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, has recommended that the nationwide lockdown, in a relaxed form, should also be extended to May 31.

Meanwhile, the country is awaiting Centre’s guidelines on the future roadmap as the third phase of lockdown ends on May 17. It is highly likely that the government will announce details on the next phase of lockdown tomorrow. 

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation, said that the next phase of lockdown will be “totally different” from the previous phases, and the contours will be decided on the basis of suggestions received from state governments. 

There may be more relaxations but people will have to continue taking precautions, including wearing masks and social distancing, the prime minister had said.

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