International News from World: India has extended its lockdown for another two weeks, seeking to curb coronavirus spread.
The disaster response authority of the government said it would issue new guidelines, “keeping in mind the need to open up economic activities.”
The country locked on March 24 and since then schools, public transportation and most businesses have been shut down.
India reported 2,896 fatalities. It has confirmed more than 90,000 cases of coronavirus, and 53,946 active infections.
It is the fourth time that the federal government has extended the biggest lockdown in the world, covering 1.3 billion people. India’s media dubbed “lockdown 4.0” extension
Most of the restrictions remain in place – flights, trains, educational institutions, metro services, restaurants, bars, cinemas, and shopping complexes will remain closed.
Restaurants will now be allowed to operate takeaway services, while sports complexes and stadiums can host events without spectators, the home affairs ministry said.
And for the first time since the lockdown was announced, private cars and buses can now operate across cities and towns – as well as crossing state borders if they have permission.
Journeys in personal vehicles had been permitted before, but drivers had been discouraged from traveling long distances, often being stopped at police checkpoints and asked where they were headed to.