Lockdown may not be lifted in one go, PM Modi hints at all-party meet

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said it would be tough to end the existing nationwide lockdown in one go. He made the statement during a meeting with floor leaders of opposition and other parties in Parliament.

The meeting was called to discuss the situation arising out of the Coronavirus outbreak and what should be the future course of action. India is under lockdown till April 14 and many of public services have been debarred except essential one.
“Prime Minister Modi made it clear that lockdown is not being lifted and also that the life pre-corona and post-corona will not be same,” Biju Janata Dal leader Pinaki Misra was quoted by a PTI report.

The meet comes amidst indications that the Central government may extend the lockdown across the country beyond April 14 after several states have favoured the extension to contain the fast-spreading virus, as the positive cases in the country show no signs of any let up.

As per the Union health ministry’s Wednesday morning update, there are 149 deaths and 5,194 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country even as the country entered its third week of nationwide lockdown.

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