Many of us are waiting for May 3 and really want to get rid of this lockdown saga, Narendra Modi and states’ chief ministers are planning to extend the lockdown further.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the country has crossed 28,000 mark and the death toll due to this novel virus has risen to 886. According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, the nation registered a record of an increase of more than 60 deaths in 24 hours.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has requested states to transform the challenges into opportunities through forming their own policies on how to make lockdown more pragmatic for ‘Aam Janta’, and strategizing administrative reforms by considering the ground reality.
In a video conference call with chief ministers, PM Modi has shown some signs of extending the lockdown further as the cases are rising day by day. This was Modi’s 4th interaction with all state chief ministers since March 22 which went for 3 hours.
As coronavirus is not leaving the world so soon, people will be required to use masks and sanitizers for a longer period.
Majority of chief ministers who were present during the video conference were strongly in favour of the extension of the ongoing lockdown beyond May 3. However, a few of them advocated a cautious relaxation with limited activities in those districts that are free from the pandemic.
All chief ministers concluded that lockdown exit has to be gradual by ensuing all precautions or shock absorbers.
Telangana has already extended the lockdown till May 3. Odisha and Meghalaya are in support of lockdown extension by a month. Delhi is going to take a call on April 30.
Maharashtra will also decide lockdown’s extension by the end of the month. However, cities such as Mumbai and Pune. that are already in red zones, will have to face the lockdown for at least a month.
The government is drafting a detailed exit strategy that would allow states to have more space in chalking out their respective plans.