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Lockdown to continue in Red Zones, Follow “Do Gaz Doori” Mantra tells PM Modi

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As the country enters the final week of the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a video conference with state chief ministers to get their feedback on lifting or extending the lockdown.

This is the fourth interaction between the PM and Chief Ministers on the Covid-19 pandemic since March 20. The total number of cases have surged to 27,835 today, according to ministry of health and welfare.

While all the Chief Ministers were present, only nine CMs got the opportunity to express their feedback to the PM to time constraints. Chief Ministers of other states were asked to send their submissions in writing.

The chief ministers who spoke includes Conrad Sangma (Meghalaya), Zoramthanga (Mizoram), V Narayanasamy (Puducherry),  Trivendra Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand), Jairam Thakur (Himachal Pradesh), Naveen Patnaik (Odisha), Nitish Kumar (Bihar), Vijay Rupani (Gujarat) and Manohar Lal Khattar (Haryana).

Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha urged PM Narendra Modi to extend the lockdown with some additional riders. 

Prime Minister underlined that the lockdown has yielded positive results as the country has managed to save thousands of lives in the past one and a half months.

PM stressed on the need to follow the mantra of ‘do gaz doori’, he said that masks and face covers will become part of our lives in the days ahead.

Modi added that, under the circumstances, everyone’s aim must be rapid response. He pointed out that many people are self-declaring whether they have cough and cold or symptoms, which is a welcome sign.

Prime Minister highlighted the importance for states to enforce guidelines strictly  in the hotspots (red zones). He stated that the efforts of the states should be directed towards converting the red zones into orange and thereafter to green zones.

Economic activities are likely to open in orange and green districts, which have far fewer cases or none. 

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan skipped the meeting and sent the Chief Secretary to represent the state.

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