New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The government of Karnataka on Sunday extended the lockdown in the state for 2 more days, i.e. till May 19 midnight, reported news agency ANI. The guidelines and norms as followed during the third phase of lockdown will remain in place till 19th midnight or till further notice.

An order has been issued by the Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar, while the detailed guidelines by the central government on lockdown is still awaited. 

In a statement, the state government said, "The guidelines and norms as followed during Coronavirus Lockdown 3 will remain in place till 19th midnight or till further notice."

The decision came on the day when the third phase of nationwide lockdown come to an end.

According to the Union Health Ministry, the number of cases in the state currently stands at 1,092, while 36 people have succumbed to the infection. A total of 496 patients have been cured.

The nationwide tally on Sunday stood at 90,927 cases including 2,872 deaths and 34,108 discharged/cured patients.

Earlier today, the Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu governments announced an extension of the lockdown till May 31. While the number of cases in Maharashtra has soared past 30,000-mark with 1,135 fatalities, Tamil Nadu has registered 10,585 cases and 74 deaths. 

Meanwhile, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has asked Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State Governments and State Authorities to continue the lockdown measures up to 31st May 2020.  It has also directed National Executive Committee (NEC) to issue modifications in the guidelines, as necessary keeping in view the need to open up economic activities while containing the spread of COVID19

Earlier on May 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his nation's address has said that the fourth phase of the lockdown will completely different with new rules and relaxations.

The number of states submitted their suggestions to PM Modi over the days to help the ministry of home affairs prepare revised guidelines.

Posted By: James Kuanal