New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In what could be a hint that the nationwide lockdown might get extended beyond May 3, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday indicated that the restrictions end on May 3, there will be ‘considerable relaxations’ in ‘many districts’ for people.

In a series of tweets, the MHA said that there was a need to maintain a strict lockdown till May 3 so that the gains are not squandered away.

Speaking about the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the Home Ministry said that it held a comprehensive review meeting on the lockdown situation in India and found that there have been tremendous gains and improvement in the COVID-19 situation due to the restrictions till now.

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"New guidelines to fight COVID-19 will come into effect from 4th May, which shall give considerable relaxations to many districts. Details regarding this shall be communicated in the days to come," the Home Ministry spokesperson said in a tweet while using the #StayHomeStaySafe.

This comes just hours after the government allowed the movement of migrant workers, students, tourists, etc. who were stranded across the country due to the lockdown.

"Due to lockdown, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons are stranded at different places. They would be allowed to move," the Home Ministry said on Wednesday.

The first guidelines were issued on March 24 immediately after the prime minister announced the lockdown for 21 days. The guidelines, issued under the Disaster Management Act by the Union Home Secretary, specified the people and services exempted from the lockdown.   

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday had held a meeting with all the chief ministers of the states and discussed the coronavirus outbreak in the country and conveyed that the country will have to give importance to the economy as well as to continue the fight against the dreadful infection.

"Prime Minister said that the country has seen two Lockdowns till now, both different in certain aspects, and now we have to think of the way ahead. He said that as per experts, the impact of coronavirus will remain visible in the coming months," the government said in a statement.

As per the data available at the Ministry of Home and Family Welfare, the deadly coronavirus has affected over 33,000 and claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in India so far while 8,325 have recovered and discharged from hospitals.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma