Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the countrymen and declared the current lockdown will be extended till May 3. While giving speech on the spread of the coronavirus in India, PM Modi said that the restrictions may be reviewed for the least affected parts of the country on April 20.
During his 25-minute long speech, PM Modi said that “After taking into account all suggestions, we have decided to extend the lockdown till May 3.” His speech comes just after India crossed 10,000 cases in coronavirus.
“Till April 20, each district, each state will be monitored closely to see whether the lockdown is being followed. Then we can decide on relaxing the restrictions,” said the Prime Minister.
“We absolutely must ensure that this virus does not spread to any further parts of the country. We should be worried every time we hear that someone in some part of the country has died of the virus. We must ensure that new hotspots do not spring up.”
The Prime Minister appeared in a traditional red and white “gamcha” or cloth towel as a mask before beginning his address. He urged all the countrymen to maintain the discipline till the end of the lockdown and make sure that the COVID-19 doesn’t spread to new areas.
He further explained that after April 20 some essential activities could be allowed in parts of the country that showed some improvement in fighting the infection. According to the latest Health Ministry data, India has 10,363 coronavirus cases and a total 339 deaths.
“India’s fight against the Corona global pandemic is moving ahead with great strength and steadfastness. It is only because of your restraint, penance and sacrifice that India has so far been able to avert the harm caused by corona to a large extent. You have endured immense suffering to save your country, save your India,” Modi said.