PM Modis meet with CMs: Delhi, Punjab for extension of lockdown

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday indicated that the nationwide lockdown should be extended until April 30, during PM Modi's interaction with chief ministers. Punjab CM Amarinder Singh suggested that the national lockdown should be extended by at least a fortnight; he also proposed a slew of health and relief initiatives for the citizens in the state's COVID-19 fight.

 

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 11, 2020 15:47 IST

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As the country battles the coronavirus, Modi held a video conference with chief ministers on Saturday primarily to take their input on whether the 21-national lockdown should be extended beyond April 14 to stem the infection tide. Kejriwal was of the opinion that the current 21-day lockdown, scheduled to end on April 14, should be extended to India as a whole and not only in Delhi.

"Extending the lockdown in Delhi will only serve some purpose," sources quoted Kejriwal as saying in the interaction with the prime minister in the video conference.

Punjab's chief minister, Amarinder Singh, also said that there was tremendous uncertainty about the disease incidence rate, and the nation was in for a long fight.

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