Coronavirus in India: The situation is almost clear about increasing the nationwide lockdown to prevent infection with the corona epidemic. There are enough indications that the central government has decided to extend the lock down period.
Even in the all-party meeting held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi clearly insisted that the lockdown should not be abolished.
Describing the present situation as ‘National Emergency’, he said that the measures for social distancing should be made more stringent.
An audio clip of this meeting of the Prime Minister was leaked, in which PM Modi can be heard saying that the country is currently in a state of national emergency due to the Corona epidemic.
Talking to representatives of different political parties, the PM said, ‘I am talking to the chief ministers of the states and taking feedback from them. Apart from this, the district collectors I have spoken to are also unanimous that it is not right to remove the lockdown at once.
According to the leaked audio, the PM said that I will talk to the chief ministers again on this issue but it is clear that in the current circumstances it is not possible to remove the lockdown.
He said that we need to adopt more strict methods to implement social distancing. The PM said that the situation in the country at present is like a national emergency.
National emergency such as PM
In the all-party meeting, the PM said that we are going through a situation that is like a national emergency. This has forced us to take unprecedented measures from time to time. The response of your people (opposition leaders) to these measures has been positive because of national interest.
The PM said that saving the lives of people is our priority. International experts and global experience are also not in favor of the lockdown being lifted. PMO has also raised objection to this leaked audio of PM’s meeting but has not denied the truth of what PM has said in it.
At the same time, the opposition parties have also left the decision of the central government to remove the lockdown. After the meeting with the Prime Minister, many leaders said that the Prime Minister has clarified that the simultaneous lockdown will not take place on 14 April.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said to ‘Most opposition leaders. About 80 percent talked of extending the lockdown period. The Prime Minister said that suggestions for extending the lockdown period are coming to him but before taking any step he will consult the Chief Ministers and their allies.
Lockdown will continue in many states
Several states have hinted at extending the lockdown period, especially in areas that have been identified as deadly coronavirus hot spots. In addition to Mumbai, wearing of masks or covering of mouths has been made mandatory in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Karnataka said restrictions could be lifted in unaffected areas and liquor sales could be allowed after April 14 to raise revenue to deal with the crisis.