AGENCIES, New Delhi: The Centre and states must have a “common exit strategy” for staggered re-entry of population after the 21-day national lockdown to fight the spread of coronavirus ends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a video-conference with Chief Ministers on Thursday.
“It is important to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the population once the lockdown ends,” Modi told CMs in a video-conference.
The PM said it “can’t be business as usual” after the lockdown and certain safeguards would have to be taken, according to a press statement on the interaction.
PM Modi ordered a total lockdown on March 24 and said it was necessary to break the chain of transmission of the highly contagious disease. He said social distancing was the only way to control the spread of coronavirus.
The sudden announcement led to a scramble for essential supplies and over the next few days, thousands of migrants, abruptly left without jobs or shelter, started walking home.
The PM later said, during his radio show on Sunday: “I have had to take some decisions that has created hardship for you, especially my poor brothers and sisters…They must be thinking what kind of Prime Minister is this who has locked up all of us. I specifically ask for forgiveness from them. But looking at the world, this looks like the only option.”
Sitting far apart from one another inside a large hall, Modi and some key Union Ministers including Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh held the video-conference to discuss how states are responding to the COVID-19 threat.