Coronavirus updates for May 17
In an order, the National Disaster Management Authority announced the extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 31 to curb the spread of coronavirus.
According to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, several relaxations have been allowed, including inter-state movement of passenger vehicles. Domestic and international flights, metro rail services, hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, malls, schools, swimming pools and gyms will be closed. States and Union Territories can also decide on whether to delineate Red, Green and Orange zones. Also, MHA has also asked workplaces to ensure that employees install Aarogya Setu.
Education institutions still are not allowed to be open, and so aren't places of worship and large gatherings. People over 65, pregnant women, and children under 10 are not allowed to step out. Also, all movement other than essential services are not allowed between 7pm and 7am.
The number of coronavirus cases crossed 95,000, with more than 3,000 deaths reported, according to Worldometer. Maharashtra saw the biggest daily spike of over 2,300 cases, taking the state tally to more than 33,000.
Here's a roundup of YourStory's coverage today of how India and the world are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
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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.