Lockdown 5.0 Guidelines: Lockdown 5.0 Latest News & Extension Announcement in India:
The Lockdown 5.0 is going to implement for two weeks with stringent curbs in 11 cities that account for 70% of Covid-19 positive cases and a massive focus on ramping up testing Covid-19 around all states in India.
On 1 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Government of India (GoI) further extended the lockdown period to two weeks beyond 4 May, with some relaxations.The country hs been split into 3 zones: red zones (130 districts), orange zones (284 districts) and green zones (319 districts).
Red zones are those with high coronavirus cases and a high doubling rate, orange zones are those with comparatively fewer cases and green zones are those without any cases in the past 21 days. Normal movement is permitted in green zones with buses limited to 50 percent capacity. Orange zones would allow only private and hired vehicles but no public transportation. The red zones would remain under lockdown. The zone classification would be revised once a week.
On 17 May, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) extended the lockdown for a period for two weeks beyond 18 May, with additional relaxations. Unlike the previous lockdowns, states were given the power to decide how the lockdown would fare in their state. Two new zones, containment and buffer, were added along with the existing red, green and orange zones. The containment zones would not not be given any relaxations apart from essential services.
Food delivery services were banned by several state governments despite the central government’s approval.Thousands of people emigrated out of major Indian cities, as they became jobless after the lockdown.Following the lockdown, India’s electricity demand fell down to a five-month low on 28 March.
The lockdown broke the supply chain of narcotics in Punjab.Many states are keen on opening up liquor shops during this lockdown. Reports of a surge in illicit liquor sales and attempted suicide by some alcoholics and most importantly, drying up revenue from alcohol sale for these states is the main motive. It is now allowed in Maharashtra, Punjab and Kerala.
Due to the lockdown, more than 350 deaths were reported as of 10 May, with reasons ranging from starvation, suicides, exhaustion, road and rail accidents,police brutality and denial of timely medical care.Among the reported deaths, most were among the marginalised migrants and labourers.
The Government Divided the entire nation into three zones – Green Zone, Red Zone, Orange Zone, relaxation will be allowed accordingly.
- Red zone (Hotspots) – districts with high doubling rate and high number of active cases
- Orange zone (Non-hotspots) – districts with fewer cases
- Green zone – districts without confirmed cases or without new cases in last 21 days
The Government of India began a mega evacuation of distressed Indian citizens from across the globe called “Vande Bharat Mission” in early May. It deployed several commercial jets, military transport planes and naval warships in what is set to be one of the biggest-ever peacetime repatriation exercise in history. In the first phase, around 14,800 citizens stranded in 13 countries would be brought back by 64 flights.
Ministry of Civil Aviation in coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs planned phase two of the Vande Bharat Mission to bring Indian citizens from nearly 31 countries around the world for which 149 flights will be deployed.