Coronavirus: India extends lockdown to contain COVID-19

An Indian municipal worker disinfects an area during lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Jammu, India on April 16, 2020. (AP)

India has extended its nationwide lockdown to May 31 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a government order announced on Sunday.

India’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) asked the government on Sunday to extend a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus to May 31, as cases exceeded 90,000 and further clashes erupted between police and stranded migrants.

The NDMA, responsible for setting policy on the lockdown, made its request in a letter to India’s interior ministry, which is expected to issue detailed guidelines later on Sunday.

Police officers wield their batons against a man as a punishment for breaking the lockdown rules after India ordered a 21-day nationwide lockdown. (Reuters)

Police officers wield their batons against a man as a punishment for breaking the lockdown rules after India ordered a 21-day nationwide lockdown. (Reuters)

India has now reported more cases than China, where the virus first emerged late last year, although its number of deaths so far, at 2,872, is much lower than China’s 4,600. The death toll in the US and some European countries is much higher.

India’s current lockdown, introduced on March 25 and extended several times, was due to expire at midnight on Sunday.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:07 - GMT 11:07
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