New Delhi: Least COVID-19 affected areas are expected to get some conditional relief from the nationwide lockdown after May 3 but rules like maintaining social distancing and using face covers will stay, said reports on Tuesday. Speaking to a leading news channel, a government source revealed that there is no plan to extend the lockdown, however, restrictions will continue in containment zones owing to the large number of coronavirus cases. Also Read - Coronavirus: Forced to Walk Back Home, Chhattisgarh Girl Dies Just Short of Her Village

Sources added that train and flight services would remain suspended but people might be allowed to travel within the city. Offices may also resume under some restrictions. Also Read - Coronavirus: Locals in Bengal's Alipurduar Protest Against Burial of COVID-19 Victim, Clash With Cops



A final decision on the same will be taken in a meeting of group of mninistrtes (GoMs) which is scheduled to be held later in the day. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the meeting where a lockdown exit plan is expected to be discussed.

On April 14, when the first phase of countrywide lockdown was to end, PM Modi announced the extension of the restrictions till May 3 to contain the spread of COVID-19.



Earlier in the day, India witnessed biggest jump in the COVID-19 or coronavirus deaths after 47 fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours. Besides, 1,336 new cases were reported in a day following which the number of confirmed cases in the country soared to 18,601 including 590 casualties.

On the other hand, improvement has also been recorded in the recovery rate which indicated that the government’s strategies are yeilding results. Earlier this morning, the recovery rate stood at 17.48 per cent, with 705 patients recovering in 24 hours. On Monday, the recovery rate was 14.75 per cent, 14.19 per cent on Sunday, 13.85 per cent on Saturday.