Prime Minister Narendra Modi hints extension of lockdown beyond April 14

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The Prime Minister discussed the options for containing COVID-19 spread at an all party-meeting on Wedneaday. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave enough hints on Wednesday that the lockdown in force in the country since March 25 will be extended further.

Quoting government sources, multiple reports said that the Prime Minister had made it clear at an all-party video conference on Wednesday that lifting the lockdown was not an option before the government at present.

News18 reports that the prime minister had announced at the all-party meet that the 21-day nationwide coronavirus lockdown will likely be extended. A PTI report quoting BJD leader Pinaki Mishra said that the Prime Minister had asserted that the lockdown cannot be lifted at one go after April 14.

The number of people infected with the virus in the country has gone up to 5,194, according to the union ministry of health. As many as 149 people have lost their lives due to the virus in India. Global cases of Covid-19 are about to reach 1.5 million with death toll crossing 80,000.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has completely sealed 15 districts from 12 am on Wednesday, April 8, according to a CNN-News18 report.  These districts include Agra, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Basti, Kanpur, Varanasi, Lucknow, Shamli, Bulandshahr, Sitapur, Maharajganj, Meerut, Bareilly, Firozabad and Saharanpur.

UP chief secretary RK Tiwari said that in the sealed areas no delivery movement will be allowed. Only stores with essentials and medicines will be open, he stated.

Other states are also considering similar measures. The Maharashtra government is planning seal Mumbai and Pune, which have reported a high number of cases. The Kerala government is going with a plan to seal at least seven districts.

Several states favour extension of the nation-wide lockdown beyond April 14. Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekhara Rao has made an open appeal to Prime Minister in this regard. Reports said that the state was gearing up for the extension of the lockdown.

Dropping enough hints in this regard, municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao on Tuesday said lockdown is the only way to contain the spread of coronavirus and reiterated that chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is ready to extend it to combat the virus (with inputs from multiple media reports).

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