Relief from lockdown from 20 April: PM

Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said till 20 April, all districts, localities, states will be closely monitored, as to how strictly they are implementing norms.

Addressing the nation, he said States which will not let hotspots increase, they could be allowed to let some important activities resume, but with certain conditions.

He added: “While making new guidelines, we have kept in mind the interests of the poor and daily wage workers. Harvesting of Rabi crops is also underway. Central Government and State Governments are working together to ensure that farmers face minimal problems.”

Announcing the extension of lockdown till May 3, he said testing is being done in over 220 labs. According to world’s experience of tackling COVID-19, 1500-1600 beds are needed when cases reach 10,000.

“We have over 1 lakh beds in India and over 600 hospitals for treating COVID patients. We’re expanding these facilities.” He added that India’s fight against COVID-19 moving ahead strongly.

NT Bureau