Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended the country’s nationwide lockdown until 3 May in a bid to contain the continued spread of the coronavirus, but said that some states which have avoided outbreaks might be allowed to resume “important activities.”
Speaking in a televised address Modi said it was vital that the virus is prevented from impacting parts of the country that remain unaffected.
The 21-day lockdown for India’s 1.3 billion people came into force at the end of the day on 24th March and was set to expire on Tuesday, 14th April.
Since the lockdown was enforced, only essential services have been operational. Those include water, electricity, health services, fire services, grocery stores and municipal services.