PM Modi to announce modalities of 2nd phase of lockdown at 10 am tomorrow

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The final modalities of the graded lockdown in India will be known at 10 am on Tuesday (April 14), the last day of the 21-day lockdown, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation.

In a tweet on Monday afternoon, the PMO Twitter handle announced that PM Modi will address the nation at 10 am on Tuesday. India was put on a 21-day lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. The announcement of complete lockdown was made by PM Modi on March 24.

As the lockdown nears an end, several states grappling with the coronavirus crisis have demanded that the Centre extends the lockdown despite all the hardships. The states sought an extension of the lockdown till April 30 in a meeting on Saturday chief ministers of all states had with the Prime

Modi had then told the chief ministers that the focus of the second phase would be not only to save lives of people from the disease but also their livelihood. He is said to be working with top government officials to draw up the blueprint of how this plan would be implemented.

A top government official told Hindustan Times that while the Prime Minister will address the nation on the broad steps to follow, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla will issue a detailed note on the mechanics.

The broad focus of this blueprint would be to gradually resume economic activity in the 160-odd districts that do not have a single case of coronavirus safe but take all steps to ensure that the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen that causes Covid-19 does not reach there.

The second set with limited economic activity will be districts with below 500 coronavirus positive cases along with revival of the self-contained public sector and private industrial units.

Several states such as Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and others have already extended the lockdown till April 30. According to the latest Health Ministry data, the number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed the 9,000-mark while the death toll has crossed 300 (with inputs from agencies).

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