Ahead of completing 68-day countrywide lockdown, neither do country citizen nor the state supremos are in a notion that the lockdown would end anytime soon. According to the PMO sources, officials, ministers and PM himself is neck-deep discussion over the roadmap of an exit plan from the crisis in its fourth extension of the restrictions ‘5.0’.
Despite the hint that Centre is likely to allow states and Union territories to decide on the future restrictions, it was learnt that centre would remain iron-handed with 13 major cities where the corona is at peaks with positive cases exponentially. As per statistics, almost 70 per cent of the cases are registered from the cities Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and a few other adjoining towns like Howrah, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur.
If the information from trusted sources is to be believed, the centre would continue the lockdown in these places while the remaining country is expected to get commendable relaxations including reopening malls and restaurants. There is a possibility of allowing religious places to function.
But social distancing norms, use of face cover and Aarogya Setu mobile app would be the key entry tickets everywhere. However, education institutes are supposed to function online only in the further extension expected to cover a minimum of 10 days as the lockdown 4.0 ends on May 31.