Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that the nationwide lockdown will be extended till May 3.
In a televised address to the nation, the Prime Minister said the extension is required to curb the spread of coronavirus at every level.
Thanking people who are working on the frontline of the Covid-19 battle, PM Modi also acknowledged the trouble faced by the common people due to the 21-day lockdown.
“In our constitution,‘We the People’ is written, and this fight is what it signifies,” Modi said in a symbolic remembrance to B R Ambedkar , whose 130th birth anniversary is celebrated today.
The Prime Minister also said that the lockdown will be strictly followed till April 20 and harsh steps will be taken to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the country.
“Hotspots have to be surveilled with extended vigilance and all the regions will be monitored for checking whether the rules of lockdown are being followed,” he added.
PM said that the rules will be eased for those areas post April 20 where the lockdown is implemented properly and fewer cases have been registered. During lockdown whatever relaxations will be granted will be upon conditions and if even one such case is reported, the relaxations will be taken back.
Commending India’s healthcare facilities, the PM said, “Health infrastructure has been improved by leaps and bounds as labs have come up, beds have increased, more than 600 hospitals are working for coronavirus treatment.”
“Even with our limited resources, I request young scientists to come forth and help in creating the coronavirus vaccine,” PM Modi urged.
PM Modi asked the nation to help him by following the 7 steps :
- Take proper care of the senior citizens of your house, especially those with underlying problems.
- Lockdown and social distancing should be properly followed. Home-made face covers and masks should be used.
- Increase your immunity by following directions given by Ayush Ministry.
- To help curb coronavirus spread, download the Aarogya Setu application.
- Wherever possible, help poor families.
- In your businesses, help your coworkers, don’t downsize people.
- Coronavirus ‘soldiers’ — doctors, nurses, sanitation workers — respect them.
Even before the PM announcement, states like Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have extended the lockdown till April 30.
A proper report on the lockdown and its measures will be issued tomorrow, said PM Modi. About the daily wage workers, the new guidelines will be made keeping their interests in mind.
As per the latest update from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed the 10,000-mark, with total cases at 10,363, active cases at 8,988, recoveries at 1,035 and the number of deaths at 339.