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The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Sunday asked ministries, departments of Government of India, state governments and state authorities to continue Covid-19 lockdown measures till May 31. PM Narendra Modi, in his address earlier this week, said that this phase of the lockdown will be very different in nature “with new rules”.

This comes on a day when India recorded the highest single-day spike in Covid-19 infections with 4,987 new cases in the last 24 hours as the national tally crossed the 90,000-mark, according to the Union health ministry.

Also watch: Govt announces extension of nationwide lockdown till May 31 (Video by The Times of India)

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Meanwhile, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced the fifth tranche of Centre's ₹20 lakh crore fiscal stimulus package which attempts to cushion the economy reeling under the effect of coronavirus and the lockdown situation in the country.

Live updates:

11:00 PM IST: New guidelines issued by MHA will be applicable based on risk profiling of districts with restrictions imposed: Himachal Pradesh Govt

With extension of lockdown up to 31st May, new guidelines issued by MHA will be applicable based on risk profiling of districts into Red/Green and Orange zones with restrictions imposed. Curfew hours will be notified by District Magistrates from time to time: Himachal Pradesh Govt

10:51 PM IST: Rajasthan extends Covid-19 lockdown in the state till 31 May

Government of Rajasthan extends Covid-19 lockdown in the state till 31st May 2020.

09:31 PM IST: With 391 new Covid-19 cases in Gujarat, state tally rises to 11,380 

With 391 new Covid-19 cases in Gujarat, state tally rises to 11,380; death of 34 patients takes toll to 659: Official

09:29 PM IST: Maharashtra Covid-19 tally at 33,053 on highest single-day spike

Maharashtra on Sunday recorded the highest single-day spike of 2,347 COVID-19 cases and 63 more deaths, including 38 from worst-hit Mumbai, taking the overall case count to 33,053 and the number of fatalities to 1,198, a Health official said.

09:05 PM IST: Lockdown extended in Nepal till 2nd June

Lockdown extended in Nepal till 2nd June: Dr. Yubraj Khatiwada, Spokesperson of Nepal Government

08:58 PM IST: Rajiv Gauba to hold video conference with states at 9.00 pm tonight for further elaboration: Senior government official 

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to hold video conference with states at 9.00 pm tonight for further elaboration of state specific issues regarding lock down 4.0 under which States have to decide various Zones and Activities to be allowed in these Zones.  

A limited number of activities to remain prohibited throughout the country. 

States to decide containment zones and red orange and green zones.

National directives like night curfew and wearing face masks to be mandatory.

States can permit all other activities outside containment zones that is other than the limited number of activities prohibited nationally: Senior government official

08:13 PM IST: No change in rail service: Railway ministry

No change in rail service. It will be the same as in Lockdown 3, only shramik special trains and special passenger trains will continue to run. Regular passenger trains continue to remain suspended: Railway ministry

08:04 PM IST: Centre's guidelines are largely in line with proposal sent by Delhi govt: Arvind Kejriwal

Centre's guidelines are largely in line with the proposal sent by Delhi govt based on suggestions of lakhs of Delhiites. We have used the lockdown period to prepare our healthcare system if Corona cases increase, but it is now time to relax the restrictions to some extent. Delhi govt will prepare the detailed plan for Delhi based on the Centre's guidelines and announce them tomorrow.: Arvind Kejriwal

07:53 PM IST: Metro services to remain closed till May 31 in view of lockdown extension: DMRC

In light of the extension of lockdown issued by the government, metro services will remain closed for commuters till 31st May. Our helpline services '155370' shall also not be available: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)

07:33 PM IST: All shops, except those in containment zones and malls, will be allowed to open from Monday 

All shops, except those in containment zones and malls, will be allowed to open from Monday with staggered timings during lockdown 4.0. Local authorities should ensure that shops and markets, except in containment zones, open with staggered timings: MHA.

07:30 PM IST: People can now drive down to other city in different states, depending on both states have allowed 

People can now drive down to other city in different states, depending on both states have allowed. It’s a green signal for inter-state travel in cars/buses/trains from Centre.

07:29 PM IST: People above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, children aged below 10 shall stay at home 

People above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, children aged below 10 shall stay at home: Lockdown guidelines.

07:22 PM IST: 33% staff strength in offices lifted by government in new guidelines 

The government has removed the clause from national directives for work places in which private companies’ employees were asked to mandatorily use “Aarogya Setu” app. It is more of an advise to individuals by the MHA in the latest guidelines. The 33% staff strength in offices has also been lifted by the government.

07:17 PM IST: Marketplaces like GK-2, Khan Market, Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk can open now 

The latest lockdown guidelines state that "all other activities will be permitted, except which are specifically prohibited", which means marketplaces - like GK-2, Khan Market, Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk can open now. Till now, marketplaces were not allowed to open. Shopping malls, however, will continue to be shut till May 31.

07:15 PM IST: All social, political, religious functions, and places of worship to remain shut during extended lockdown till May 31 

All social, political, religious functions, and places of worship to remain shut during extended lockdown till May 31: MHA.

07:01 PM IST: Red, green, orange, containment zones and buffer zones will be decided on basis of parameters of ministry of health 

The zones - red, green, orange, containment zones and buffer zones will be decided by the states on the basis of parameters of ministry of health. Night curfew - 7 pm to 7 am will also continue.

06:59 PM IST: Inter state travel of people will be allowed in lockdown 4.0

Inter state travel of people will be allowed in lockdown 4.0, which was not permitted since March 24.

06:56 PM IST: Domestic/international flights and metro rail continue to remain suspended till May 31 

All domestic and international flights, metro train, schools, colleges, hotels, restaurants will continue to remain shut. However, government has allowed opening of stadiums and sports complexes but without any spectators.

06:28 PM IST: Total number of Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu now stands at 11,224 

639 new Covid-19 cases and 4 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu today, taking the total number of cases to 11,224. There are 6971 active cases in the state now. Death toll stands at 78: State Health Department

06:22 PM IST: Guidelines of lockdown 4.0 will be issued shortly 

Guidelines keeping in view the need to open up economic activities while containing spread of Covid-19 will be issued shortly.

06:17 PM IST: NDMA directs states to continue lockdown measures till May 31 

National Disaster Management Authority has directs states to continue Covid-19 lockdown measures till May 31

06:01 PM IST: 58 new Covid-19 cases reported in Bihar today 

58 new Covid-19 cases reported in Bihar today, of which 56 are from Patna. The total number of cases in the state stands at 1251 now: Bihar Principal Health Secretary Sanjay Kumar

05:48 PM IST: Decision on Covid-19 lockdown shortly: Government official 

Meeting of union cabinet secretary with state DGP and chief secretaries has started. Decision on lockdown shortly: Government official

05:45 PM IST: 143 Afghan nationals, who were stranded in Pune due lockdown, flown back to Kabul in special flight 

143 Afghan nationals, who were stranded in Pune due lockdown, flown back to Kabul in special flight: Official

05:38 PM IST: ACP at Rashtrapati Bhavan found infected with Covid-19 

An ACP has been tested positive. He lives in a government housing colony in Delhi's Karkardooma and comes to Rashtrapati Bhavan daily. He has been shifted to a hospital.

6 people have been identified who had come in contact with the ACP and their samples have been sent for testing. While the ACP's office is in the main building of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, it is away from the President secretariat: Senior official of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

05:16 PM IST: Total Covid-19 cases in Kerala reach 101 

With 14 new Covid-19 cases in Kerala today, the number of active cases in the state rises to 101 now: Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan

04:05 PM IST: Covid-19: Staff tests positive, Mumbai Additional CP quarantined

A Mumbai police additional commissioner was quarantined as a precautionary measure after his reader tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an official said on Sunday.

03:50 PM IST: Covid-19 toll in Andhra Pradesh rises to 50

Covid-19 toll in Andhra Pradesh rises to 50 with a fatality in Krishna district; tally 2,380 with 25 new cases; active cases 747: Health Department

03:40 PM IST: Orders have been issued to all officers that no migrant should have any problem: Arvind Kejriwal

Orders have been issued to all officers that no migrant should have any problem. As many trains will be needed for them as possible: Arvind Kejriwal

03:35 PM IST: 10 Covid-19 cases reported among Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in the last 24 hours: BSF

10 Covid-19 cases reported among Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in the last 24 hours. All of them are under treatment at designated Covid-19 health care hospitals. Since yesterday, 13 (all from Delhi) personnel who had tested positive earlier, have been discharged: BSF, reports ANI.

03:23 PM IST: Air India clarifies an internal communique on circulation of a message over cancellation of flights

Keeping in mind the prevailing situation due to Covid- 19, it is informed that all domestic scheduled flights stand cancelled till 31st May 2020 excepting the flights operating as Charter and Evacuation Flights.

The date of commencement of operation would be advised to all concerned in due course . - An internal Air India email.

03:19 PM IST: Singapore reports 682 new Covid-19 cases, mostly foreign workers

Singapore on Sunday reported 682 new COVID-19 cases with a vast majority of them being foreign workers living in dormitories, taking the country's total to 28,038, the health ministry said.

03:09 PM IST: Covid-19 lockdown in Tamil Nadu extended till May 31 with more relaxations 

Covid-19 lockdown in Tamil Nadu extended till May 31 with more relaxations. CM K Palaniswami.

02:07 PM IST: Number of coronavirus cases in Indore rises to 2,470

Number of coronavirus cases in Indore rises to 2,470 after 92 more people test positive in Madhya Pradesh's worst-hit district: officials. With one fresh fatality, death toll 100.

01:15 PM IST Covid-19 lockdown in Maharashtra extended till May 31

01:15 PM IST: With 422 new Covid cases, Delhi's total goes up to 9,755

Delhi reported 422 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases in Delhi to 9755, according to the Health Department: ANI

12:53 PM IST: With folded hands, ask Sonia ji that we must deal with migrants more responsibly: FM

FM: "I want to tell the Opposition party that on the issue to migrants we all must work together. We are working with all states on this issue. With folded hands, I ask Sonia Gandhi ji that we must speak & deal with our migrants more responsibly".

12:46 PM IST: FM hits out at Congress on the issue of migrant workers

When asked about a question about trains for migrant workers, FM Sitharaman hit out at Congress on the issue of migrant workers.

12:44 PM IST Overall stimulus package under Atmanirbhar Bharat ₹20,97,053: FM

Overall stimulus package under the Atmanirbhar Bharat ₹20,97,053, says FM Sitharaman

12:36 PM IST: ₹20 lakh cr package includes liquidity measures by RBI

The stimulus provided in the fourth & fifths tranches of the economic package amounts to ₹48,100 crores: FM Niramala Sitharaman FM says ₹20 lakh crore economic stimulus includes ₹8.01 lakh crore of liquidity measures by RBI and ₹1.92 lakh cr package in March

12:34 PM IST: FM gives details of first two tranches

The break up of the first tranche of announcements, amounting to ₹5,94,550 crores under economic package: FM The stimulus provided in the second tranche of the economic package- ₹3,10,000 crores The stimulus of ₹1,50,000 crores in the third tranche of the total ₹20 lakh crores economic package

12:31 PM IST: FM recaps details of previous 4 tranches of eco package

FM Nirmala Sitharaman doing a recap of the previous four tranches of ₹20 lakh crore economic package announced by her in the past four days

12:23 PM IST: Part of states' borrowings to be linked to specific reforms

Part of borrowing by the states to be linked to specific reforms, says FM. From 3-3.5% is unconditional. Next 1% to be released in 4 tranches linked to reforms Another 0.5% will be given as soon as at least 3 out of the 4 reforms are achieved

12:15 PM IST: States's borrowing ceiling raised from 3% to 5%: FM

Centre to increase the state's borrowing ceiling from 3% to 5% for 2020-21 as per states' request. This will give states additional resources of ₹4.28 lakh crore

12:10 PM IST: Centre has consistently extended support to states in need of hour

Last step: Like the Centre, states also facing sharp decline in revenues. Despite this, Centre has consistently extended support to the states as they are at the forefront of fighting Covid. Govt has already devolved taxes worth ₹46, 038 cr to states. Health ministry has released ₹4113 cr for direct anti-Covid activities

12:06 PM IST At least 1 PSE will be there in strategic sector, pvt companies to be allowed as well

In strategic sector, at least one public sector enterprise to be there but pvt companies to be allowed as well: FM

12:02 PM IST: Govt to announce a public sector enterprise policy for self-reliant India

A public sector enterprise policy for a new, self-reliant India to be announced. wherein pvt sector will be allowed to participate but public sector enterprises shall continue to play very imp role. Policy will categorise strategic sector and others.

11:59 AM IST: Companies can list their securities directly in foreign jurisdiction

For ease of doing business for the corporate sector, Companies can now list their securities directly in permissible foreign jurisdiction

11:56 AM IST: Most sections of Companies Act to be de-criminalised

Companies Act-related announcement: Decriminalise most of the sections in the Companies Act Compoundable Offences can be tried under Internal Adjudication Mechanism 7 compoundable offences dropped altogether

11:52 AM IST: No fresh insolvency proceedings for up to one yr: FM

3rd step about IBC related matters: Many biz severely due to lockdown and Covid-19. Any debt incurred by businesses due to Covid shall not be included in 'default' category . No fresh insolvency proceedings for up to one year

11:47 AM IST: Top 100 universities to automatically start online classes

In the education sector, Deeksha- a One Nation, One Digital Platform- for school education will be launched. One TV channel for every class to be launched Extensive use of radio and podcasts. Special e-content for visually and hearing impaired challenged students top 100 universities to automatically start online courses

11:44 AM IST: Emphasis being given on setting up hospitals and labs

In the health sector: All districts to have infectious diseases dept in the hospital, public health labs at all blocks level. Emphasis being given on setting up hospitals and labs

11:41 AM IST: Govt to allocate additional ₹40k crore to MNREGA for migrant workers

Budget estimate for MNREGA was ₹61000 cr. Govt will allocate additional ₹40000 cr; this will ensure that those going back will get work during monsoon

11:40 AM IST: Govt working on mission mode on the next phase of 'ease of doing business' reforms: FM

The government is working on a mission mode on the next phase of 'ease of doing business' reforms: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

11:31 AM IST: FM lists the steps in the health sector during the lockdown period.

FM Sitharaman lists the steps in the health sector during the lockdown period.

11:22 AM IST: 7 steps in the final tranche: FM

Today I have 7 steps to tell you....MNREGA, on health, on decriminalisation of companies act, ease of doing business, public sector enterprises related matter, state govts and sources related to them: FM

11:17 AM IST: Reforms to be focus of 5th and final tranche of eco stimulus package: FM

Reforms to be focus of 5th and final tranche of eco stimulus package, says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

11:15 AM IST: FM gives details about DBT to transfer money to beneficiaries 

FM Sitharaman: She gives figures about the DBT to transfer money to the beneficiaries. She also talks about giving food grains, gas cylinders etc when the lockdown began.

11:10 AM IST: FM quotes PM Modi's address on economic package 

FM begins with PM Modi's address to the nation on Monday when he announced the ₹20 lakh crore package.

11:09 AM IST: FM Nirmala Sitharaman begins announcing final tranche of economic package

10:45 AM IST: Rajasthan's Covid-19 death toll rises to 128 

Rajasthan reports two more deaths -- both from Jaipur -- due to coronavirus and 70 new positive cases, said an official, reports PTI. 

The death toll in the state now stands at 128 while the total number of cases are 5030.

10:39 AM IST: 4 migrants killed after being crushed by truck in MP 

A migrant worker , his wife and two other people were killed after being crushed by a tanker truck in Madhya Pradesh's Barwani. All 4 people were returning to Indore from Maharashtra: ANI

10:08 AM IST: Odisha's Covid-19 tally rises to 828

Odisha reported 91 new Covid-19 positive cases positive, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 828, death toll has risen to five, according to the State Health Department: ANI

10:06 AM IST: 32 migrants injured after bus accident in Bengal's Jalpaiguri

Thirty-two migrants workers were injured after the bus they were travelling in met with an accident near Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal, today morning. All injured were taken to Jalpaiguri district hospital and released after preliminary treatment. :ANI

Follow the government's latest guidance on safeguarding yourself during the coronavirus pandemic, including travel advice within and outside the country. The World Health Organization has also busted some myths surrounding coronavirus. The Ministry of Health's special helpline is available at +91-11-23978046, ncov2019@gmail.com and ncov2019@gov.in.

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