Lockdown Updates: Will lockdown end on April 14? What Minister Prakash Javadekar said after cabinet meet

In the midst of questions on whether the national lockdown to fight covid-19 will be extended beyond April 15, the government said today that a decision would be made "in the national interest" and announced, "at the right time." However, a top official in Uttar Pradesh went on record saying people will have to wait longer as the number of cases in COVID-19 is rising.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 06, 2020 18:32 IST

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Minister Prakash Javadekar said decision will be announced at the right time

"Once we open the lockdown, it will be after we have ensured that the state is free of the corona. If only one corona positive person is left, the lockdown will be very difficult to open, and that is why it will take time," said Awanish Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh. Nevertheless, despite a Union Cabinet meeting, the central government remained uncommitted to completing the lockout within eight more days.
 We track the situation in the world at any minute. It would be in the national interest to take a call. A decision will be announced at the right time in this regard, "Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, following a Union Cabinet meeting via video link.

"There is an approved group of officials who are reviewing the situation," he added. 

On 24 March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared a complete lockdown of 21 days, which is until 14 April. During a video-conference with chief ministers last week, PM Modi had requested a schedule for staggered people's movement after the lockdown ends.

"It's important to devise a common exit strategy to ensure a phased population re-emergence once the lockdown ends," said PM Modi, urging states to send out their suggestions.

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