After Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with all the chief minsters to discuss exit strategies post the 21-day nation-wide coronavirus lockdown, there are indications that the lockdown might be extended beyond April 14. In a video conference with all the CMs, Modi said the coming 3-4 weeks are critical to determine the impact of steps taken till now to curb the coronavirus spread and urged state governments to ensure strict adherence to the lockdown.
“There seems to be a consensus amongst states on extension of by another two weeks,” the Prime Minister said, adding that combined effort of Centre and states helped reduce impact of COVID-19, however, constant vigilance is paramount.
Moments after the meeting concluded, few state leaders including Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said they were in favour of extending the lockdown by another two weeks and had suggested the same to the Prime Minister.
The coronavirus-linked death rose to 242 with 7,529 positive cases on Friday. The total number of cases include 652 recovered or discharged and the deceased.
Meanwhile, Centre is yet to make an official announcement regarding extension of lockdown, but few CMs took an initiative beforehand to enforce the curfew in their respective states.
A day before the 21-day nationanwide lockdown is scheduled to end, Tamil Nadu Chief Edappadi Palaniswami announced extension of the lockdown in his state.
🔴 Till now, Tamil Nadu has the third highest count of coronavirus cases at 1,043 after Maharashtra and Delhi.
🔴 In a statement, Palaniswami said the extension was based on the discussion in the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and based on WHO’S recommendations and the committee of medical experts and public health.
Two days ago, on April 9, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a written statement declared that Odisha will continue with the lockdown, enforcing a state-wide lockdown till April 30. It became the first state to announce its plan of action after April 14. “The state Cabinet, which met today, decided that saving lives of our people is the top most priority at this juncture. We have decided to extend the lockdown till April 30. We will recommend to the Government of India to extend the national lockdown (up to the same time period)… We will also request the Union Government not to start airline and railway services till April 30,” the CM statement read.
🔴 The state also requested Centre to stop train and flight services to the state until April 30. It further, promulgated an ordinance amending a section of The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, with a provision of imprisonment for up to two years for those found violating the epidemic regulations.
🔴 Patnaik signalled that the lockdown norms could be less stringent in rural areas, saying “activities related to agriculture, animal husbandry, and MGNREGS will be facilitated during the lockdown period following social distance norms”.
Odisha, so far, has contained the spread of the virus, recording one death due to Covid-19 with 48 confirmed cases, according to the data provided by the Health Ministry.
Following Odisha, CM Amarinder Singh the next day Friday held a meeting with his Cabinet ministers and announced a state-wide lockdown till May 1, becoming the second state to announce a lockdown extension.
🔴Officials said the state would start procuring wheat from April 15 under strict conditions of social distancing as harvesting season has begun.
🔴 Via video-conference, CM Singh told the Cabinet that he would request former Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia to help the state devise a strategy to revive its economy after the COVID-19 crisis is over.
🔴 The Cabinet also approved the Punjab Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Ordinance 2020, to enable private hospitals to treat coronavirus cases. “It is necessary for private hospitals to join the battle against COVID-19,” an official quoted the Chief Minister as telling the Cabinet.
🔴 The state government also decided to set up a multi-disciplinary task force to formulate an exit strategy for “gradual relaxation” of the lockdown, and submit its report within 10 days.
With 11 deaths due to the Covid-19, Punjab has recorded a total of 132 coronavirus cases, as per data provided by the Health Ministry.
CM Uddhav Thackeray Saturday announced a state-wide lockdown till April 30, becoming the third state to do so. The decision came soon after his meeting with PM Modi ended. With 110 deaths, and 1,574 confirmed cases, Maharashtra has the highest death toll and positive coronavirus cases in the country.
🔴 In this next lockdown, the restrictions will be relaxed in a few places but it will be made more stringent in some places, Thackeray said.
🔴 Further decision on lifting the lockdown completely will depend on the prevailing situation.
🔴 I told PM Modi that Maharashtra will continue lockdown after April 14: Thackeray.
Maharashtra has reported the highest number of Covid-linked-deaths and coronavirus cases tallying at 110 and 1,574 respectively, as per the latest data provided by the Health Ministry.
Extending the lockdown till April 30, CM B S Yediyurappa said relaxations will be allowed in a graded manner. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi said for no reason there should be any relaxation in the lockdown (for now), suggestions have come regarding extension of lockdown. In a couple of days guidelines will be issued about the implementation of the lockdown during the next fifteen days,” Yediyurappa said after having a conversation with the PM.
🔴 There will be some relaxation on agriculture and economic activity.
🔴 Government offices will be allowed to work with partial strength. The Centre is expected to issue further details in two days
🔴 Yediyurappa also said that the state is doing better in containing COVID-19 and there is nothing to worry about. “Nationally, we were in third place; now we are in 11th.”
Karnataka has, so far, recorded six Covid-linked deaths with 214 positive cases, as per the data provided by the Health Ministry.
Chief Minsiter K Chandrashekar Rao has extended the lockdown in his state till April 30. “Though the lockdown has crippled the economy, it is my considered view that lockdown needs to be extended till April 30, as the economic activity can be revived but human lives once lost cannot be revived,” Rao said in his letter to the Prime Minister.
🔴 To protect the state from spread of the infection, it was necessary to keep it locked down till the month-end.
🔴 All students of class 1 to 9 are deemed promoted to the next class. A decision on HSC exams would be announced next week.
🔴 About 1,654 people have been put under quarantine including 1,200 who had attended the congregation at Delhi’s Nizamuddin markaz, their family members and close contacts.
Telangana has recorded nine deaths due to the coronavirus and 504 confirmed cases, as per the latest data provided by the Health Ministry.
After a broad consensus among states on expanding the duration of the lockdown, CM Mamata Banerjee too has extended the curfew till April 30. “Till April 30, the lockdown would continue in Bengal, too. We will again review the situation at the end of April,” Banerjee told reporters.
🔴 All schools and colleges in West Bengal will remain closed till June 10.
🔴 We have identified some sensitive spots while drawing a map, which was prepared by our COVID-19 task force. We will see to it that the lockdown is totally imposed in those areas. It does not mean that we will shut down grocery shops, doctors’ chambers… or nobody will be allowed to go to the market… gatherings won’t be allowed: Mamata Banerjee
🔴 We are thinking of allowing bakeries to function… In the tea gardens also, we had earlier allowed 15 per cent workforce but tea garden owners are keen on 25 percent workforce, which we are considering: Mamata Banerjee
As per the latest data provided by the Health Ministry, the virus has claimed five lives in the state, recording about 126 coronavirus cases.
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