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India extends world's largest lockdown for second time

New guidelines permit some businesses to resume work in low-risk areas

Migrant workers sit in a bus as they wait to leave for their home town, after being stranded in the central state of Madhya Pradesh due to the lockdown in India, on May 1.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India's lockdown of over 1 billion people was extended Friday by two weeks to fight the spread of the coronavirus that has led to more than 1,150 deaths across the country.

This is the second extension of the shutdown initially imposed for three weeks on March 25 and then extended until Sunday. Friday's extension will run until May 17.

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