PM Narendra Modi says India will extend coronavirus lockdown until 3 May

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended a nationwide lockdown until 3 May to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The announcement comes on what was to be the last day of the initial lockdown, which began on 25 March.

“I salute all you citizens,” Mr Modi said in a televised address, thanking Indians for their support in the fight against the virus.

India has reported 8,988 active cases and 339 deaths so far.

Under the lockdown, only essential businesses - such as groceries and pharmacies - are allowed to remain open. City transport services are limited to emergency staff and those with special travel passes. All trains and flights have been suspended.

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Please note, BDP International in India has essential staff working to support the critical needs of our customers. Our field operations in Nhava Sheva and Mumbai airports, Chennai, New Delhi are undertaking operations with limited staff by obtaining special permission from the local authorities and police for assisting with the essential goods clearance for import and export shipments.

Though logistics, supply chain, customs clearance, and port operations are classified as essential services, there is a widespread shortage of surveyors, laborers, forklift/top lifter operators, due to the curfew/restriction imposed on people's movement. The absence of such supporting staff is impacting the deliveries from the port/CFS as well as offloading and loading operations even for the essential cargo.

Sources: BBC, BDP International