COVID-19: Centre considers extension of lockdown till April end


Several states and experts have called for an extension in view of the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country. 

Experts and policy makers in the government are veering round to the idea of extending the nationwide lockdown introduced in the country since March 25 to contain the spread of novel coronavirus pandemic beyond April 14.

Hindustan Times reported that several states and experts have favoured an extension of the lockdown till the end of April. Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekara Rao, who was one of the first to demand the extension, said that the country would witness many deaths if the lockdown is lifted from April 15.

The Telangana CM said it would be difficult to contain the spread of the virus in view of the country's "poor health infrastructure".

"I am for the lockdown of the country furthermore after April 15. Because, we can recover from the economic problem. But, we cannot recover lives. We cannot recover the lives of the people," he said adding that the country's only weapon against the coronavirus was lockdown.

Earlier on Tuesday, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said the final week of the ongoing lockdown is “critical” for evolving an exit strategy as data regarding the spread of coronavirus will have a bearing on the decision to be taken by the government.

He also appealed to the people to abide by whatever decision is ultimately taken by the government and cooperate with the same spirit that has so far been evident “even if it meant to continue with some degree of hardship still beyond April 14”.

Over 350 positive cases was reported in the country in the past 24 hours, ending Tuesday morning. This has taken the total number of novel coronavirus cases in India past 4,421 while the death toll has climbed to 115.

As per the Union Health Ministry, which released its figures on Tuesday morning, there are nearly 4,000 active cases in India with 325 persons either being cured or discharged (with inputs from agencies)

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