Prime Minister Narendra Modi may address the countrymen once again where he is likely to declare his decision on whether the coronavirus lockdown will be extended or not. But before taking the decision he will be helding a video conference with Chief Ministers.
According to sources, the lockdown may be extended but this time some changes may be included. Except essential services, interstate movement will remain restricted. Educational institutions as well as religious institutions will also remain closed.
Sources said, maintaining the social distancing norms, some sector specific relaxation is likely to be allowed.
The Reserve Bank of India has said in its monetary policy report that the outlook for India’s economic recovery has been sharply alerted by the coronavirus outbreak. The lockdown has mostly affected the aviation sector as all the flight operations are totally closed. But, sources said that the airlines may gradually be allowed to resume operations but with rules like keeping the middle seat vacant in all classes.
Officials are considering the outbreak in India is concentrated in about 75 of more than 600 districts, which will help the government manage the crisis better. On Wednesday, PM Modi while doing a video conference with leaders of all parties, said by all accounts the lifting of the lockdown “is not possible”.
“The priority of the government is to save each and every life. The situation in the country is akin to a ‘social emergency’, it has necessitated tough decisions and we must continue to remain vigilant,” said the PM.
The Prime Minister said that life will not be the same after COVID-19. He told the leaders, “Massive behavioural, social and personal changes will have to take place.” The 21-day lockdown has no doubt helped to slow down the spread of the virus. Odisha has already declared the extension of the lockdown till the end of this month. India has 6,412 cases of coronavirus, including 199 deaths so far.