BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation tomorrow i.e. April 14 at 10 am. The 21-day nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus ends tomorrow, and it is expected that PM Modi is likely to talk about its possible extension especially after his meeting with the chief ministers of state.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 10 AM on 14th April 2020,” the PMO India handled tweeted on Monday.
Prime Minister @narendramodi will address the nation at 10 AM on 14th April 2020.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 13, 2020
PM Modi had announced the 21-day lockdown on March 24 to contain the spread of virus. Today, 308 people have died and 9,152 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. However, on Monday, Union Ministers and officers have returned to their offices, two days after a directive that all government officials who are entitled to official vehicles should return to work.
The move to resume work in ministries comes nearly a month after the government issued work from home protocols in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic and Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressing on Saturday that ‘Jaan bhi jahaan bhi (both life and economy are important)’ as the lockdown has put severe stress on businesses.
On Saturday, PM Modi held a video conference with at least 13 chief ministers of the states. Though the PM didn’t announce any official statement on the extension of lockdown, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal he was happy with the PM’s decision of extending the lockdown.
“PM has taken correct decision to extend lockdown. Today, India’s position is better than many developed countries because we started lockdown early. If it is stopped now, all gains would be lost. To consolidate, it is imp to extend it,” the Kejriwal’s tweet read.
States like Telangana, Maharahstra, Odisha and West Bengal have already extended the lockdown till April 30. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government was the first state to extend the lockdown beyond April 14.
Meanwhile, it is also reported that the country will be divided into three zones — red, orange and green — during the extended period of lockdown depending on the number of coronavirus cases in that respective region. The red zones are those where the districts where sizeable number of cases have been detected or areas which have been declared as hotspots. Orange zones are those where only a few cases have been found in the past with no increase in the number of positive cases. In these zones, the government will allow minimum activities like opening of limited public transport and harvesting of farm products. And in the green zones, there is no COVID-19 cases.