Decision to extend national lockdown amid COVID-19 comes after meeting of PM Narendra Modi with all CMs, most of whom urged him to do so, say reports
New Delhi: After an extensive meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with chief ministers and heads of all states and UTs, the Centre is all set to extend the nationwide lockdown by two weeks beyond the ongoing 21-day lockdown, say reports. The official announcement will be made soon, the reports added.
However, it is likely that there will be certain relaxation in the next two weeks of lockdown.
The decision comes after all CMs including Delhi's Arvind Kejriwal, Punjab's Amarinder Singh and Maharashtra's Uddhav Thackeray urged the PM to extend the lockdown. According to reports, even West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee requested for extending the lockdown.
Meanwhile, a meeting headed by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman is underway.
Confirming that an extension has been agreed upon, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "PM has taken correct decision to extend lockdown. Today, India’s position is better than many developed countries because we started lockdown early. If it is stopped now, all gains would be lost. To consolidate, it is imp to extend it."
Meanwhile, Odisha and Punjab have already announced an extension of lockdown in their respective states till April 30 and May 1, respectively.