Lockdown is extends to 3rd May by Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended the country’s nationwide lockdown until May 3 during a bid to contain the continued spread of the coronvirus, but said that some states which have avoided outbreaks could also be allowed to resume “important activities.”
Speaking in a televised address on Tuesday, Modi said it was vital that the virus is prevented from impacting parts of the country that remain unaffected.
“My request to all my countrymen is that coronavirus will not be allowed to spread across new areas at any cost,” said Modi, who wore a scarf covering his mouth and nose which he removed before speaking.
“We have to be very careful about hotspots. We will have to keep a close watch on the places that are expected to become hotspots.”
The “complete” 21-day lockdown for India’s 1.3 billion people came into force at the end of the day on March 24 and was set to expire on Tuesday, April 14.
Since the lockdown was enforced, only essential services have been operational. Those include water, electricity, health services, fire services, grocery stores and municipal services.
All regular shops, commercial establishments, factories, workshops, offices, markets and places of worship have been closed and interstate buses and metros have been suspended. Construction activity was also halted during this period.
“Until May 3, all folks will need to remain in lockdown. During this point , we’ve to follow an equivalent discipline as we’ve been doing,” Modi said.
Prior to Modi’s address, several Indian states had ordered extended lockdowns until April 30, in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading. Those included Maharashtra, the center of the worst outbreak in the country.
While the lockdown measures will continue, Modi said that some states and districts that have shown to have avoided an outbreak “could be allowed to resume important activities but with conditions.”