The ongoing countrywide lockdown has been extended till May 31, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) announced on Sunday.

In an order, the NDMA said lockdown measures need to be implemented for a further period of 14 days in the country to contain the spread of COVID-19.

In a separate order, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that the states will decide to categorise the areas into Red, Orange and Green zones.

All domestic, international air travel of passengers, except domestic air ambulance, remains prohibited till May 31, the MHA said.

Metro rail services, schools, colleges will also remain closed till May 31, the Home Minsitry said. 

“Hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, malls, swimming pools, gyms to remain shut till May 31,” said the MHA.

Maharashtra, Telangana and Punjab have already announced the extension of the lockdown till May 31.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said last week that Lockdown 4.0 would be completely different from the earlier lockdowns.

The nationwide lockdown that the Prime Minister had first announced on March 24 was slated to end on May 17. Modi had on March 24 announced the nationwide lockdown for 21 days.

On 1 May, the MHA further extended the lockdown period to two weeks beyond 4 May, with some relaxations. The Central government recently announced Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package to combat COVID-19.

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