India has extended the world’s biggest coronavirus lockdown until May 3rd, 2020 (AP). India went into lockdown on March 25th, 2020, closing schools, offices, factories, parks, temples, railways, and airspace (NYT). The lockdown was originally set to be lifted on April 14th, 2020 but will now last for a few more weeks. At the end of the first phase of the lockdown, India had more than 10,000 positive cases of coronavirus (NPR).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that some restrictions may be eased to help poor people who are dependent on daily wages (AP 2). Millions of daily laborers lost their job at the beginning of the lockdown, forcing them to make long treks back to their villages by foot (Aljazeera). Several states, including Maharashtra, which has the highest number of cases, have announced lockdown extensions (Aljazeera). During the second phase of the lockdown, the health ministry officials say they will focus on controlling the spread of the virus to new regions (Times of India).