PM Modi And Chief Ministers Agree upon Extension of COVID-19 Lockdown by two weeks

The total number of novel coronavirus cases in the world’s second-most populous country, India has risen to 7,876, while the death toll mounted to 276, with the fast-spreading virus in various parts of the country, according to the Union Health Ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases reached over 6,634, while 653 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated, the ministry stated. Over more than 1.7 million people have been infected with the coronavirus across the globe, with global death toll rising to 103,847.

The highest number of cases has been reported from Maharashtra, with 1,574 people testing positive for the novel coronavirus that was first detected in China in December. A novel virus is one that has not been previously identified in humans.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Chief Ministers of all states via video conferencing to strategize ahead for tackling COVID-19. This was the third such interaction of the Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers, the earlier ones had been held on 2nd April and 20th March, 2020.

Prime Minister observed that the combined effort of the Centre and the States has definitely helped reduce the impact of COVID-19 but since the situation is rapidly evolving, constant vigilance is paramount. He emphasized the criticality of coming 3-4 weeks for determining the impact of the steps taken till now to contain the virus, adding that teamwork is the key to facing the challenge.

The Chief Ministers provided feedback about the COVID positive cases in their respective states, steps taken by then to maintain social distancing, ramp up healthcare infrastructure, mitigate difficulties of migrants and maintain supply of essentials. The Chief Ministers suggested that Lockdown should be extended by two weeks. They also sought financial and fiscal assistance from the Contre to boost their resources in this fight against the pandemic.

The interaction was also attended by Union Home Minister, Defence Minister, Health Minister, Principal Secretary, Cabinet Secretary and other senior officials of Government of India.

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