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The foreclosure of the coronavirus in India will continue until May 31 at least, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, the country reported its largest increase in infections with a record 4,987 cases reported in the past 24 hours.

Under new directives issued by the Home Office, more powers are being given to states and union territories to make decisions during the fourth phase of the foreclosure of India.

Passenger vehicles and buses across the country will be allowed in non-containment areas, with the mutual consent of the States and Union territories. There will also be red, green and orange containment areas decided by the respective state and territory governments of the Union, based on parameters shared by the Indian Ministry of Health.

District authorities will design containment zones and buffers in the red and orange zones and only essential activities will be permitted in these containment zones. There will be intensive contact tracing and house-to-house monitoring.

The new guidelines released Sunday by the Interior Ministry also encourage people to work from home.

A certain context: According to the ministry’s previous decree, the movement of people will remain strictly prohibited between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., except for essential activities.

Schools and colleges will remain closed, and online and distance learning will be encouraged. Passenger domestic and international air travel is prohibited, except when permitted by the Ministry of Health.

Metro services will not be permitted and movie theaters, shopping centers and gymnasiums will remain closed. All social, political, sporting, religious and cultural functions and gatherings remain prohibited in India.

India has a bee under a nationwide lockdown since late March.


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