AP  government on Wednesday released a set of additional guidelines with regard to lockdown relaxations in accordance with the directives of the Central government.

The new guidelines were formulated based on inputs and instructions from Union Home Minister Amit Shah during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s video-conference meeting with the chief ministers of the state.

The new guidelines for lockdown relaxations are as follows:
►Agricultural and Horticulture activities can be taken up without any restrictions.

►All the Agro based companies related to plantation, processing, packing and marketing can continue with their works.
►All the economic activities can be resumed in the state.
►All the works related to rural construction, including construction of power lines and telecom cables will be permitted.
►E-commerce companies can kick-start their works with required permissions.
►Migrant workers are permitted to work in any area within the state.
► All the bookshops and electrical-related small shops can be excluded from lockdown and can continue their business operations.
►All the small grocery shops, mini market complexes can be opened excluding shopping malls.

► A separate standard operating procedure (SOP) for ships.

Lockdown Relaxations On May 4 For Many Districts, Says Home Ministry.

New Delhi: New guidelines to fight COVID-19 which will give considerable relaxations to many districts will come into effect from May 4 when the nationwide lockdown is set to expire, the Union Home Ministry said on Wednesday.

Details will be communicated in the days to come, the Home Ministry spokesperson said on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/PIBHomeAffairs/status/1255515092592009216?s=20

Earlier in the day, the government announced plans to allow lakhs of migrant workers and students stranded at various places for over a month due to the nationwide lockdown to return home.

But with the COVID-19 tally rising further, fresh indications emerged about the lockdown continuing beyond May 3, at least in some form in some parts of the country.

In its evening update, the Union Health Ministry said the number of COVID-19 deaths has risen to 1,008, with a record jump of 71 in the last 24 hours, while the number of confirmed infections has climbed to 31,787.

Punjab, which has reported 375 cases and 19 deaths, announced the extension of the lockdown in the state by two weeks after May 3, though some relaxations have been given in areas that do not fall under the containment or red zones.

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