PM Will Announce His Decision On Coronavirus Lockdown In His Address To Nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will convey his decision on ending the coronavirus lockdown on the coming Tuesday in his address to the nation. The PM is likely to meet with Chief Ministers via video conference tomorrow to discuss the state of affairs post coronavirus lockdown.
Uncertainty over coronavirus lockdown
According to sources, the lockdown could be extended but with many changes like interstate movement will remain restricted and educational institutions are likely to stay closed. But PM could provide sector specific relaxation to ease the industry from the massive economic fallout of the prolonged shutdown but with social distancing norms.
The PM said that life wouldn’t be the same again after COVID-19. Massive behavioral, social and personal changes would have to take place, the PM said to political leaders in video conference.
Additional Secretary in Foreign Ministry, Vikas Swarup said that PM Modi’s decision to order the three-week lockdown had helped slow the infection rate but it had impacted the economy and thousands of poor workers. He said that millions of people lost their jobs and many of the daily wage workers had fled to their villages.
States want to extend lockdown
The three-week coronavirus lockdown ends on Tuesday April 14 but states want to extend the lockdown. Odisha had already announced extension of lockdown till April 30. Karnataka is expected to extend the lockdown today. Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have also called for a longer lockdown.