Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: In wake of the surging coronavirus cases, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government on Sunday decided to extend the lockdown in the state till May 31.

While issuing the order of extension, the Maharashtra government said that the calibrated phase-wise relaxation or lifting of lockdown orders will be notified in due course.

"Whereas the state government is satisfied that the state of Maharashtra is threathened with the spread of the COVID-19 virus and therefore to take certain emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of the virus, the government in exercise of the powers conferred under Section-2 of the Epidemic Disasters Act 1897, read with all other enabling provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, it is expedient to extend the lockdown in the state of Maharashtra further till midnight of May 31, 2020," the state government said in its order.

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With this, Maharashtra, which is the worst affected state by COVID-19 in India, has become the third state in India after Mizoram and Punjab to extend the coronavirus lockdown till May 31.

In Maharashtra, the deadly coronavirus has affected more than 30,000 people and claimed the lives of over 1,100 people so far, as per the latest data available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Meanwhile, more than 7,000 people have also been cured from the deadly virus and discharged from hospitals.

The state government had earlier suggested to the central government that strict lockdown measures should continue in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Pune and other red zones in the state till May 31 and complete stop of inter-state and inter-district transport of any kind. 

"In the rest of the state, the guidelines of the Centre will be implemented when they are announced before the lockdown-3 ends on May 17," news agency PTI quoted a state official as saying.

Meanwhile, the central government will likely release the lockdown 4.0 details on Sunday. Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that lockdown 4.0 will be "completely different" from the previous three stages and a "new set of rules".

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma