Corona lockdown extension live updates: The Chief Ministers of 6 states favoured the lockdown extension in their meeting with PM Modi on Monday. They pitched for the extension beyond May 3 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in their video-conference meeting with the Prime Minister. Total coronavirus cases in India stand at 29,435, according to Health Ministry. PM Modi interacts with CMs on COVID crisis
All CM requested PM to extend Lockdown
“Majority of the chief ministers said lockdown should continue, some said with more economic activity it can be there, as far as I am concerned I said the decision should rest with Government of India,” Puducherry chief minister, V. Narayansamy who attended the meeting on Monday said at a virtual press conference organised by Congress party later in the day. PM Modi interacts with CMs on COVID crisis.
Starting 20 April, India has allowed key parts of the economy, including agriculture, logistics, infrastructure, e-commerce and factories (located outside the municipal corporations and municipalities’ limit), to return to work in areas where no infections have been reported.
India is planning to slowly and gradually ease lockdown restrictions from May 3 when it ends. However, there will likely be a staggered lifting of COVID-19 lockdown meaning not everything may open up at once as PM Modi asked state CMs to relax rules after considering on-ground situation. Meanwhile, the government on Monday cancelled the order for Chinese COVID-19 rapid testing kits due to faulty results and also informed that the this will not have any financial bearing on it. India presently has the total confirmed novel coronavirus cases at 29,435, including 21,632 active cases, 6,868 recoveries, 1 migrated and 934 deaths, according to latest update by the Union Health Ministry. Globally, the tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases has cross 30 lakh with over 2 lakh deaths.
CMs propose strategies to exit the lockdown
Modi and nine chief ministers, a majority of the state leaders favoured the idea of extending the lockdown beyond May 3 in COVID-19 hotspots. During the video conference, which lasted three hours, CMs spoke about wanting to restart economic activities within their states in a phased manner and under strict restrictions.
Apart from the nine chief ministers—from Gujarat, Bihar, Odisha, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh Meghalaya, Mizoram and Puducherry—who spoke during the video conference, other state leaders sent in their submissions in writing. This was the prime minister’s fourth such interaction with CMs since March 20 to discuss strategies for the prevention of COVID-19. In the latest, they discussed ways to ease the lockdown across the country.