New Delhi, May 30 -- A day before the fourth phase of lockdown ends, Madhya Pradesh has become the first state to extend lockdown by 15 days. The decision was announced on Saturday by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

"We will be extending the lockdown till June 15 to fight COVID19," said chief minister Chouhan while announcing the decision.

The decision taken by the Madhya Pradesh government is crucial because the state has unilaterally taken the decision even before the union government has issued guidelines for social distancing and lockdown starting 1 June.

With the extension in the state till 15 June, by the end of it Madhya Pradesh would have been over 80 days long. In the past, states have shown unanimity over the extension ...