New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc across the country and afflicted more than 31,000 people. The deadly contagion has also claimed lives of more than 1,000 people across the nation.

In view of the pandemic, the Centre had extended the nation-wide lockdown till May 3. Now with lockdown nearing its end date, central and state governments have started discussions and review meetings to assess the situation in the country and how to lift the lockdown.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Monday interacted with chief ministers chief ministers via video conference to discuss the way ahead in the fight against COVID-19.

During the meeting many states called for the ease in restrictions in Green Zone areas which have not witnessed coronavirus cases in the last 28 days. Meanwhile, calls grew for curbs to remain in place in hotpots or Red Zone areas, which continue to report positive cases of the deadly disease.

Based on the Centre's orders on whether the lockdown is extended after May 3 or a phased lifting of restrictions takes place in Green Zone areas, the Uttar Pradesh government may consider giving relaxations in 15 districts across the state which have not reported a single case.

The 15 districts in green zone are Ambedkarnagar, Amethi, Ballia, Deoria, Chitrakoot, Farrukhabad, Kanpur Dehat, Siddharthnagar, Kushinagar, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Hamirpur Fatehpur, Chandauli and Sonbhadra.

Among the relaxations, industrial establishments in rural areas are likely to be exempted from the coronavirus lockdown norms. While standalone and neighbourhood shops in urban areas are expected to be exempted from the lockdown restrictions in place.

In Uttar Pradesh, the total number of coronavirus cases crossed the 2,000-mark and reached 2,053 on Wednesday. The death toll in the state stood at 34, while 462 people have been cured of the contagion so far in the state.

Posted By: Talib Khan