BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Amid questions over whether the national lockdown to fight coronavirus will be extended, the Centre said after a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday that a decision would be taken “in the national interest” and would be declared “at the right time”.
“We are monitoring the world situation every minute. A decision will be taken in the national interest. A decision in this regard will be declared at the right time,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said after a meeting of the Union Cabinet via video link. “There is an empowered group of officials that is assessing the situation,” he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on March 24 announced a 21-day lockdown till April 14. So far, the government has not revealed whether or not the lockdown will be extended, amid a steady rise of coronavirus cases in the country.
Last week, during a video-conference with chief ministers, Modi had asked for a plan for staggered movement of people after the lockdown ends. “It is important to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the population once the lockdown ends,” the Prime Minister said, urging states to send their suggestions.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday fuelled more speculation with his comments to state MPs. “The lockdown will be lifted on April 15. We have to ensure that the crowding doesn’t take place. After the lockdown is lifted and if crowding takes place, all our efforts will go in vain,” he was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.
India has over 4,000 coronavirus cases now and 109 deaths.
With Agency inputs