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Amid the rise in COVID-19 positive cases throughout the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hinted during a video meeting of leaders of different political parties on Wednesday that the 21-day lockdown in India, which ends on April 14, is likely to get extended.
During the meeting PM Modi reportedly said that the centre has got lot of suggestions from state governments for extension of lockdown and also lifting it in a phased manner. PM Modi is also said to have told the leaders that while the centre did ask state government suggestion for a ‘staggered exit plan,’ lifting the entire go was never on the table.
After the meeting with the PM, Economic Times quoted Congress Leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhary as saying, “The government may extend lockdown in India beyond April 14 to combat the coronavirus spread.” PTI quoted Biju Janata Dal leader Pinaki Mishra as saying, “Prime Minister Modi made it clear that lockdown is not being lifted and also that life pre-corona and post-corona will not be same.”
NDTV, in a report, claimed that during the video conference, PM Modi said, “The priority of the government is to save each and every life. The situation in the country is akin to a ‘social emergency,’ it has necessitated tough decisions and we must continue to remain vigilant.”