Published On: Tue, Apr 7th, 2020

Centre mulling extension of nationwide coronavirus lockdown

New Delhi:A lot of state governments as well as experts are requesting the Central government to extend the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, and the Centre is thinking in this direction, government sources said on Tuesday.

PM Modi ordered a 21-day nationwide lockdown starting midnight on March 24 to stem the widespread of the coronavirus.

However, sources did not indicate if a final decision has been taken on the matter.

“Many State governments, as well as experts, are requesting the Central government to extend the lockdown. The Central government is thinking in this direction,” sources said.

India is currently under the 21-day lockdown since March 25, with only essential services exempted, to contain the fast-spreading virus.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on March 24 announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown as a precautionary measure to control the spread of the coronavirus.

India’s tally of coronavirus positive cases rose to 4,421, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Tuesday.

Out of the 4,421 cases, 3,981 are active cases while 325 have been cured or discharged and one has migrated. The total toll stands at 114.

TST

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