New Delhi [India]: India will remain lockdown to contain COVID-19 cases until May 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Tuesday. The 21-day lockout, declared last month by the Premier, was scheduled to end today.
Modi told the nation that all districts, localities, states will be closely monitored until April 20 as to how strictly they are enforcing norms. States that do not allow hotspots to grow could be allowed to restart certain essential operations, albeit under certain conditions.
Earlier on Saturday, the Prime Minister had consultations with chief ministers via video-conferencing, during which talks were held on the need to further expand the lockdown after taking into account the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the region.
During the conference, he had said there appears to be a consensus among the States on extending the lockdown for another two weeks. The Prime Minister emphasized the government’s slogan earlier was ‘jaan hai to jahaan hai’ but now it’s ‘jaan bhi jahaan bhi.’
The extended lockout has already been declared by Odisha, Punjab, Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry.
India’s total number of positive cases of Coronavirus has risen to 10,363, including 8,988 active cases, 1,035 cured/discharged / migrants and 339 deaths, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today said.