The nationwide lockdown would be further extended till May 3 in the wake of rising cases of COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Tuesday. The three weeks lockdown was supposed to end on April 14.
While addressing the nation, the Prime Minister said in some areas which are outside of Covid-19 hotspots, some conditional relaxations to resume important activities could be given after April 20. Government will come out with extensive guidelines tomorrow, he said.
The development comes as some state governments had requested the Centre to extend the lockdown. Punjab, Odisha, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have already extended the lockdown on their own.
Expressing his gratitude to countrymen, Modi said that social distancing and other measures have benefitted people despite huge economic loss. He said people abide by the rules and regulation despite enduring many hardships.
If we look at it from an economic angle, it (lockdown) might look an expensive decision. We have paid a heavy price for it but the lives of Indians can never be valued. The path we have followed is being discussed internationally. Governments in various states, health departments in states have worked with a lot of responsibility, PM said.