Lockdown may have to be extended-Modi

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PM Narendra Modi indicated to legislature party leaders that the lockdown may have to stay in place beyond April 14 given the state of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic in India.

Modi told the floor leaders of political parties in Parliament that several state governments, district administrations and experts have asked for an extension of the lockdown, likening the situation to a “national” and “social emergency.” The three-week lockdown is scheduled to end on April 14. 

Modi has called several meetings of all chief ministers on April 11 for consultations, after which the Centre could take a final decision on the lockdown.

“He (Modi) said that the priority of the government is saving each and every life,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a release.

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