India Extends 'Total' Lockdown By Nearly 3 Weeks


The prime minister also thanked the nation for its collective fight against coronavirus pandemic and the hardships that the people, especially the migrant workers, faced during the 21-day lockdown which he had announced on March 24. "During this time, we have to follow the precautions as we have been all this while", PM Modi said. He also said that if all will follow the lockdown guidelines, the the virus can be prevented from further spreading.

India is planning to restart some manufacturing after April 15 to help offset the economic damage of a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, two government sources said, even as it weighs extending the lockdown.

PM Modi also announced that until April 20, every town, every police station, every district, every state will be evaluated on how much the lockdown is being followed.The extent to which the region has protected itself from Coronavirus will be noted. He revealed that a set of guidelines will be issued tomorrow.

"The country has benefited from social distancing and lockdown. A single new patient at even the smallest local level, should be a matter of concern for us", said Modi.

"Combined with the disruption in several service sectors, we now estimate that the economic loss will be close to $234.4bn (8.1 percent of GDP), assuming that India will remain under a partial lockdown at least until the end of May".

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The worst of the system is expected to move across the state beginning this evening and lingering through Monday afternoon. "Expect widespread wind gusts exceeding 60 miles per hour with isolated tornadoes possible", the NWS said on Twitter .

Indians will not get a respite from the lockdown, just yet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a short while ago.

Modi defended his government's response to the outbreak, saying India began screening travelers from coronavirus-affected countries at airports long before it had a single case of its own, and required a 14-day quarantine for those coming from overseas before India had 100 confirmed cases. Senior government officials said a meeting of COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee on Tuesday will make a fresh decision while taking into account the gravity of the situation at home and the measures which the Indian government will adopt.

The government will release a detailed plan for the lockdown on Wednesday. Some of you are away from home, others are finding challenges in getting food, other essentials.

Multiple factors seem to have come into play with various states anxious about a sudden spike in the number of cases if the lockdown is lifted and social distancing norms are not properly followed. Finally, he requested everyone to respect the services rendered by "corona warriors" such as doctors, policemen, safai karamcharis, etc.