PM Modi likely to address nation to announce whether lockdown ends Tuesday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to talk to the nation again to announce his decision on whether Tuesday's coronavirus lockdown will end. He will meet with the chief ministers via video conference tomorrow before the decision. Sources suggest the lockdown may be extended, but this time around with several changes. Interstate travel, except for critical services, would remain limited. Probability is that schools, universities, and religious institutions will remain closed.

 

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 10, 2020 10:49 IST

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PM: Life will not be same again after Covid-19

Given the prolonged shutdown's significant economic effect, some sector-specific relaxation of socially distancing norms is likely to be permitted, sources claim. 

The Reserve Bank of India has reported in its monetary policy report that a coronavirus outbreak has sharply altered the outlook for India's economic recovery.

The aviation market is one of the worst-hit. Sources say airlines will be able to resume operations slowly but with rules such as holding middle seat vacant in all grades. 

Officials say the Indian epidemic is concentrated in around 75 of over 600 districts, which will help the government better manage the crisis.

PM Modi had said in a video meeting with leaders of all parties on Wednesday that the lifting of the lockdown "is not possible" by all accounts.

"The government's priority is to save each and every life. The country's condition is analogous to a 'social emergency,' it has taken difficult decisions, and we must remain vigilant," the PM said, according to political leaders who participated in the meeting.

Many states have sought o the 21-day nationwide lockdown declared on March 25 by PM Modi, claiming they won't be able to manage a COVID-19 surge. Yesterday Odisha became the first state to declare a lockdown until the end of the month. Also today Karnataka is expected to pursue an extension. Among states that have called for a longer lockdown, are Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.

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