COVID-19: Lockdown likely to be extended by two more weeks


The nationwide lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak in India is likely to continue beyond April 14.


An understanding in this regard was reached at a video conference Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with all chief ministers on Saturday. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Prime Minister had agreed to extend the lockdown by two more weeks.

“Today, India's position is better than in many developed countries because we atarted lockdown early. It it is lifted now, all gains will be lost. To consolidate, it is important to extend it," Kejriwal tweeted after attending the conference with Modi.

The extension of the lockdown till April 30 was supported by chief ministers of most states. The chief ministers of these states requested PM to extend the lockdown for two more weeks. The central government is considering this request," said PS Dhatwalia, Principal Spokesperson to the Government of India.

The ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the COVID-19 crisis, announced by Modi on March 24, is scheduled to end on April 14.

Sources had earlier told News18 that districts across India identified as hotspots will be locked down more stringently, while unaffected districts and states will be allowed some relaxation but all international health protocols will be followed.

Punjab, Odisha and Rajasthan have already announced total shutdowns till April-end. Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao, too, had earlier appealed to the PM to extend lockdown, saying the economy can be revived but lives cannot.

A total of 1035 new cases of Covid-19 was reported in the last 24 hours in the India. With this the total number of coronavirus cases has soared to 7447, according to Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Saturday.

There were 40 deaths during this period, taking the total toll to 239, Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry said in Delhi (with inputs from agencies).

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