The government has said that reports claiming that the government will extend the 21-day lockdown are “baseless”. The lockdown was imposed to check the spread of coronavirus disease Covid-19.
No Plans to Extend 21 Days Lockdown, Says the Government
“There are rumours and media reports, claiming that the government will extend the lockdown when it expires. The Cabinet Secretary has denied these reports, and stated that they are baseless,” the Press Information Bureau (PIB) said on Twitter on Monday.
“I am surprised to see such reports, there is no such plan of extending the lockdown,” Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba told a news agency.
The lockdown happened on Wednesday (March 25) after Prime Minister Narendra Modi tended to the country. In his address a day before, PM Modi had said that the step is being taken to break the chain of virus and control the spread of coronavirus disease Covid-19.
He also urged people to avoid travel and stay in any place they are.
In his first address, on March 19, the Prime Minister had made the nation aware of the threats of the pandemic and required a Janta Curfew for a day on March 22.
The lockdown, acknowledged by experts as a necessary preventive measure, has disrupted economic activity and caused a departure of migrant workers from urban communities towards their towns, often by foot – in the process enhancing the risks of spreading the sickness.
PM Modi again addressed the countrymen on Sunday, this time through ‘Mann ki Baat’, his monthly radio address, where he was apologized to citizens, especially poor people, for harsh decisions that have caused difficulties.
However, the PM included that he was certain he would be excused in light of the fact that there was no other path for a nation of India’s size to fight the pandemic, which had, as it were, tied the whole world. He underlined that it was critical to fighting a sickness at a beginning stage, for if it raised, defeating it would become unquestionably more difficult. The total number of Covid-19 cases crossed 1000 on Sunday.