India Extends Lockdown till May 3 After Coronavirus Cases Surge Past 10,000

Indian government urged people to follow the same discipline which they have been following during the last 21 days of lockdown. India extended lockdown till May 3 after coronavirus cases surged past 10,000.

Lockdown Extends

PM Modi announced that the extension of lockdown for another 21 days, that is, till 3rd May. However, he said that there will be a conditional ease of the lockdown after 20th April in some places only after extensive monitoring. This will apply to the areas where the spread has either contained or prevented. For this, the government will keep a close check on all states, especially in the hotspot districts and areas.

PM Modi announces lockdown extension until May 3
PM Modi announces lockdown extension until May 3

PM Praises Citizens’ Spirit

Prime Minister acknowledged sacrifices made by the citizens due to which the country managed to avert escalation of coronavirus cases to a large extent. Also, mentioning the harvesting festivals of different regions, he said that the simplicity in which people are celebrating these festivals during the lockdown gives motivation. Besides, he stated that the government’s swift decisions and an integrated and holistic approach towards the spread have proven correct. Further, he mentioned that the country has limited resources but it is making progress on the health infrastructure.

Possibility of Ease in Lockdown in Some Areas

He stated that the fight during the next week will be more immense and every official engaged in the process will evaluate the implementation of the lockdown in each state. This exercise will determine which areas are on the low likelihood of turning into a hotspot. Consequently, essential activities could be resumed in these areas. Find the details of guidelines below:

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Challenges Faced by the Informal Sector

The informal sector accounts for more than 90% of the workforce in India. The lockdown due to the pandemic has put millions out of job. PM Modi said that he is well aware of the problems of the daily wage workforce and the government will make sure to make better provisions for the same. Also, the states will ensure that farmers do not face troubles in harvesting their crops.

In all, the huge population of India living in some of the most crowded cities in the world may overwhelm the shaky health infrastructure. So,  the government has taken the correct decision to contain the spread.

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