COVID-19: Lockdown in India extended by two more weeks

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told the chief ministers that the government will extend the lockdown for another two weeks till April 30 as the county has entered a crucial stage in its fight against COVID-19. "If it is stopped now, all gains would be lost", Kejriwal said on Twitter.

"PM has officially made a decision to extend lockdown till April 30, we will not differ", she said.

Other ministers who took part in the video conference talks on Saturday told media the lockdown would go on for another two weeks.

During the interaction, the chief ministers sought financial, fiscal assistance from the Centre to boost resources in fight against the pandemic, the statement said.

Earlier, on 24 March, PM Modi had announced a 21-day lockdown.

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"Agriculture and industrial sectors will be given relaxation, while government offices will work with partial strength", said Yediyurappa quoting Modi.

During the video conference, Prime Minister Modi said he believes that "Jaan hai to Jahan hai (If you have life, you have the world)" and he had also conveyed to the nation in his address. Most people in the country understood it and discharged their responsibilities by remaining indoors. He suggested that the states be allowed to take some decisions based on their local conditions to open some business establishments.

"Modi added, "'Jaan bhi and jahan bhi'-a future where people care about both aspects, follow their duties and abide by the government's directions-this will be important for India's prosperous and healthy future". This is more pronounced in states that are witnessing an eruption of Covid-19 positive cases, such as Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh.

In Bangladesh, where the army has been deployed across the country to enforce social distancing measures, the government late on Friday extended the nationwide lockdown to April 25 as the number of confirmed cases rose to 424, with 27 deaths. "This relaxation is a relief to the people of the state's coastal districts of Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi off the Arabian Sea", added the Chief Minister.

A PTI tally of numbers reported by various states as on Thursday at 9.30pm showed a total of 7,510 having been affected by the virus nationwide so far with at least 251 deaths.

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