DELHI: On Friday, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, to extend the nationwide lockdown for a further period of two weeks from 4th May 2020 onwards. There has been a significant impact of the earlier imposed lockdown to contain the virus and in the nation’s fight against COVID-19 .

With the lockdown set to end in two days the Centre also divided districts in the country into ‘red’, ‘orange’ and ‘green’ zones as per the doubling rate and number of cases. At least 130 districts are in the red zone, 284 in orange and 319 in green.

Metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad are in the red zone. The government said it could be possible to relax restrictions in red and orange zones.

A limited number of activities will remain prohibited across India, irrespective of the zone, including travel by air, rail, metro and inter-State movement by road, schools, colleges, and other educational & training/coaching institutions.

The number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 35,043 according to the ministry of health, while the number of fatalities rose to 1,147. Meanwhile, more than 3.13 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally.