India has been under a nationwide lockdown since March 25 -- and it's set to lift on Sunday.
The lockdown has closed state borders and public transport, allowing only the transit of essential goods like food supplies and medical equipment.
This has also led to other problems, like thousands of migrant workers stranded with no job, no income, and no mode of transportation to get home.
Here's how the lockdown will be lifted:
- Movement restrictions loosened: State borders will reopen, and asymptomatic migrant workers, students, pilgrims or tourists will be able to return to their home states. This comes after the Indian Supreme Court asked the government to respond to the problem of stranded migrant workers.
- There will still be checks: Travelers will be screened before boarding buses to depart and upon arrival. Local health authorities will assess their status and determine if they need home or institutional quarantine.
- States are arranging transport: Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have begun arranging dozens of buses to bring back thousands of students and migrant workers from other states.
- There will be new guidelines: It doesn't mean a full reopening, and new lockdown guidelines will come into effect the next day -- Sunday, May 4. But there will be "considerable relaxations" in many districts, said a Home Ministry spokesperson.
- Some states are continuing lockdown: Even if the federal government lifts the nationwide lockdown, states can implement their own individual measures. Punjab has extended its lockdown for another two weeks, though some restrictions will be relaxed in low-risk areas.
- Other states are relaxing: Earlier this month, states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala had already relaxed restrictions for agricultural and farming activities, as well as opening some manufacturing operations in low-risk or uninfected areas.
India has recorded at least 33,050 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 1,074 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.