The focal government is mulling extending the across the nation lockdown past April 14 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic after following from a few states and experts, government sources said on Tuesday. However, they didn’t show if an ultimate conclusion has been taken on the issue.
Central Government Asking State Governments about the Lockdown Extension
Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Lav Aggarwal said that “no decision on extending the lockdown as yet (taken)”, asking people to stop speculating.
India is presently under the 21-day lockdown since March 25, with only essential services exempted, to contain the quick spreading infection that has asserted in excess of 75,800 lives universally and affected over 13.5 lakh people across 183 nations.
“A lot of state governments as well as experts are requesting the central government to extend the lockdown. It is thinking in this direction,” a source said.
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi approached kinsmen to be prepared for a long fight against the pandemic and urged them to not feel tired or defeated.
Chairing a meeting of the council of ministers through video conferencing on Monday, Modi plainly showed that the lifting of the lockdown in one go is impossible while talking about the modalities of lifting it. Modi likewise asked the ministers whether the restrictions should be lifted state-wise or district-wise, a source said.
Repeating that lockdown measures and social distancing standards need to go hand in hand, Modi likewise advised ministers to promote the Aarogya Setu app in the country’s rural areas and grass-root organizations.
A few chief ministers have supported the augmentation of the lockdown in the nation to contain the quick spreading infection as the number of COVID-19 cases moved to 4,421 and loss of life contacted 117.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said his administration will broaden lockdown if the need emerges, while his partner in Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot said the state can’t withdraw the lockdown promptly and it must be done in a staged way.
In an announcement to mark fourteen days of the lockdown, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said the following week is “critical” for advancing an exit strategy as the information in regards to the spread of coronavirus will have a direction on the choice to be taken by the government. He likewise spoke to the public to dwell with whatever choice is eventually taken by the government and help out a same spirit that has been obvious so far
“even if it meant to continue with some degree of hardship beyond April 14”.
Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday had said he will speak to Modi to extend the lockdown to check the spread of the coronavirus in the nation.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary RK Tiwari had also said that
“There is still time for the lockdown and we will review the situation and then decide” on lifting it.
Since there is no antibody to battle COVID-19, the government has focused on that social distancing is the best way to check the spread of the infection. Lockdown is viewed as the most ideal approach to keep people indoor.
Inter-state travel by open vehicle, including trains and transports, is prohibited, as is household and international air travel.