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New Delhi: The nationwide lockdown to curb the outbreak of COVID-19 has been extended by another two weeks, that is, till May 31. According to reports, the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) will issue a fresh set of detailed guidelines pertaining to the fourth phase of the lockdown shortly.

In a new order, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that lockdown measures need to be implemented for a further period of 14 days in the country to contain the spread of COVID-19.

As per the official data of the ministry of health and welfare on Sunday morning, the number of total positive cases climbed to 90,927 with 2,872 deaths in the country.

In exercise of powers under Section 6 (2) (i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, NDMA directed the ministries and departments of the government of India, state governments and state authorities to continue the lockdown measures up to May 31.

The authority further directed the National Executive Committee, headed by the Union home secretary, to issue modifications in the guidelines as necessary, keeping in view the need to open up economic activities while containing the spread of COVID-19, the order said.

The lockdown was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days with effect from March 25. It was then extended till May 3 and again till May 17.

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