Coronavirus Lockdown in India might not end on April 14 as the given deadline is not enough to curb the viral disease. The COVID-19 outbreak is finally expanding in the Indian territory with more than 5,194 cases in India and the number is sharply rising with more tests conducted now. For those are thinking that 21-days lockdown will be lifted soon need to replan their schedules as there are reports of a lockdown extension.
Indian PM Narendra Modi has called for a video conference meeting with all the party officials, state chief ministers and leaders from opposition to discuss the Coronavirus issues and how can the lockdown be lifted in gradual steps. It seems ideal that lockdown will be extended in the hotspots areas such as Mumbai and Kerala where the numbers of coronavirus cases is too high.
Coronavirus Lockdown to be Extended for Two More Weeks
Many of the state governments have requested to extend the lockdown for two more weeks due to a high number or Corona positive cases in their regions. Maharashtra (1018), Tamil Nadu (690), Delhi (576), Telangana (364) and Kerala (336) are the leading states whose ministers will extend the lockdown on their own irrespective of the central government decision. But there is also the problem of economic damage and food supplies running out due to the extended lockdown.
Telangana Chief Minister's Office now clarifies that CM K Chandrasekhar Rao suggested extension of lockdown for 2 more weeks (after April 15). He took a reference from BCG report which suggested lockdown in India will be good until June 3. No announcement of extension yet. pic.twitter.com/dxLb89RapT
— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2020
It is why the lockdown restrictions will be removed in a graded manner and states will allow harvesting of crops across the country first. There are also chances that Air travel is resumed in parts but the bus, train, and metro services will still stay closed. There is also a special emphasis to ban all kinds of religious gatherings in the lockdown as the majority of the cases are related to one such incident.
PM Modi to Discuss Coronavirus Strategy with Top Officials
The government of India will take a final decision to extend the Coronavirus lockdown after a second meeting with all the chief ministers of respective states via video conferencing on this Saturday, April 11. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be joined by Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the coronavirus problems and future plans for lockdown.