Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 4 pm on Tuesday, a day after the Centre announced more relaxations to the lockdown enforced to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday issued new guidelines for loosening restrictions as part of “Unlock 2”, the second of the three-phase plan for a calibrated exit from the lockdown. Under the “Unlock 1” phase that began on June 1, the Centre had allowed hotels, malls and places of worship to reopen, subject to state approval.

Modi had held meetings with chief ministers and heads of states and Union Territories on June 16 and June 17, to discuss further measures to combat the coronavirus.

The prime minister’s address also comes at a time when India’s coronavirus cases are rising at the fastest daily rate in the past four months. As of Monday evening, India had reported 5,48,318 cases of Covid-19, including 16,475 deaths. The Centre said the recovery rate had reached 58.67%.

In his monthly “Mann ki Baat” radio programme on Sunday, Modi had appealed to people to be more cautious in the “Unlock” phases and follow all safety measures. “By not wearing masks, you endanger the lives...

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