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PM Modi interacted with all CMs : Lockdown may be extended April 30 !…..

New Delhi(Special Opinion)Prime Minister Narendra Modi wearing a mask during his video conference interacts chief ministers to ask whether the lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus should be extended or not, assuring them that he is always open for suggestions.“I am available 24×7. Any chief minister can speak to me and give suggestions on COVID-19 anytime he said. We should stand together shoulder-to-shoulder PM Modi said to be united against the pandemic.Many other chief ministers were also seen wearing masks at the time of speaking with prime minister. The pandemic has affected more than 7400 people across India and killed 239 people so far.This is the third time the PM has communicated with CMs through a video conference. On Tuesday, he took feedback from the chief ministers on whether the three-week lockdown scheduled to end on April 14 should be extended. Odisha and Punjab have already extended the lockdown till April 30 while many other states have said they want to extend the lockdown. The government is trying to strike a balance between life and livelihood as India the lockdown has rendered thousands of workers jobless while the medical infrastructure is under strain amid rising cases of coronavirus. Ahead of the meeting, the West Bengal government decided to impose a total lockdown in 10 Covid-19 hotspots and clusters from where positive cases have been reported. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram had urged chief ministers to demand cash transfer to families of the poor who have been hit hard by the lockdown in India. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, in the video conference, recommended extension of national lockdown by at least a fortnight in addition to special concessions for industry and agriculture sectors urgently. He also asked for faster supply of rapid testing kits.During the meeting with Prime Minister Modi via video conferencing, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal suggested that the lockdown be extended till April 30 all over India.Several states like Odisha and Punjab have already extended the lockdown period, and it seems more and more likely that the Centre will prolong the period of lockdown in the entire nation.PM Modi said that he has received suggestions from experts and all of them have recommended the extension of lockdown. The prime minister has been interacting with various stakeholders, including doctors and journalists to get feedback on ways to check the spread of coronavirus. Total cases recorded are 7,447 while active cases are 6,565. The number of patients who have been cured and discharged is 642, according to the data provided by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.At least six major states, however, have supported an extension of the lockdown, with Punjab, Odisha and Rajasthan already announcing total shutdowns till April-end. Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao, too, has appealed to the PM to extend lockdown, saying the economy can be revived but lives cannot be revived. The PM told the chief ministers that all their suggestions will be taken into consideration and that the Centre and states are united against in this fight. “If we follow a common strategy, we can defeat coronavirus and the losses that we are incurring due to this crisis,” the PM added.This is the second such meeting between the PM and chief ministers. During his April 2 interaction with chief ministers, Modi had pitched for a “staggered” exit from the ongoing lockdown.The World Health Organization, too, has cautioned countries against lifting travel restrictions. The United Nations agency would like to see an easing, but at the same time “lifting restrictions could lead to a deadly resurgence,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference.He said there had been a “welcome slowing” of epidemics in some European countries – Italy, Germany, Spain and France – but there had been an “alarming acceleration” elsewhere including community transmission in 16 countries of Africa.The virus has claimed 1,00,000 lives worldwide and more than four billion people are confined to their homes as governments worldwide have imposed never-before-seen measures to halt the disease.keeping in view of the above circumstances the lockdown period may be extended till 30 April or more.

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