Modi starts video conference with CMs on extension of lockdown

Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started his meeting with Chief Ministers of all States via video, to take a call on whether the 21-day lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, ending next week, should be extended.

The video conference comes amidst indications that the central government may extend the lockdown across the country beyond 14 April after several states have favoured the extension to contain the fast-spreading virus.

According to media reports, Prime Minister Modi may address the nation today or on Sunday evening to announce the decision on extension of lockdown.

Addressing floor leaders of various parties who have representation in Parliament, on Wednesday, Prime Minister Modi had made it clear that the lockdown cannot be lifted in one go on 14 April, asserting that the priority of his government is to “save each and every life”.

 

NT Bureau