The Government of India has decided to extend its nationwide lockdown until 3 May to slow down the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, but is inclined to allow some factories, including some diamond manufacturing units, to resume operations with restrictions.
India's nationwide 21-day lockdown was supposed to end today, Tuesday, April 14, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an extension until 3 May. A detailed advisory on relaxation of some rules is scheduled to be announced tomorrow and implemented starting 20 April. According to the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, among the key economic activities that will be permitted to resume limited operations are large and well-organized gem and jewelry sector units and companies/MSMEs with export commitments.
According to a letter seen by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), there are three categories among the proposed exemptions which could be beneficial to the gem and jewelry industry. These include:
As of Tuesday morning, India had recorded a total of 10,023 coronavirus cases, with 8,978 active cases and a death toll of 339, according to its Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.