With hundreds of cases coming everyday after consulting with CM's of the state Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to extend the lockdown beyond April 14 for two more weeks.
The 21-day lockdown imposed on March 24, 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak was scheduled to end on April 14. It will now end on April 30.
"PM has taken the correct decision to extend lockdown. Today, India’s position is better than in many developed countries because we started lockdown early. If it is stopped now, all gains would be lost. To consolidate, it is imp to extend it," Kejriwal tweeted after the meeting. According to the Health Ministry, confirmed cases jumped to 7,447 and the death toll climbed to 239.
Odisha and Punjab have already extended the lockdown toll April 30 while many other states have said they want to. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told Modi that there is huge uncertainty over the incidence rate of the disease and that the nation is in for a long fight
Asia News International, or ANI, tweeted Narendra Modi as saying: “'Jaan hai to jahan hai'. When I had addressed the nation I had said that to save life of every citizen, lockdown and social distancing are very important. Most of the people understood this and stayed at home: PM Modi during video conference with Chief Ministers today. #COVID19”.
ANI also tweeted Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurppa as saying: “PM told us that we must not compromise on lockdown and we are receiving suggestions for extending it for next 15 days. PM said in next 1-2 days Govt of India will announce guidelines for next 15 days.” PM Modi will address the nation again later on Saturday.
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