Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday interacted with Floor leaders of Opposition parties via video-conferencing. Addressing the leaders, He said that by all accounts, it will not be possible to end the lockdown on April 14, amid a spurt in coronavirus cases. PM Modi reportedly told the leaders that, "Life will not be the same again after COVID-19, said the PM, adding that there would be "pre-corona and post-corona"....Massive behavioural, social and personal changes will have to take place."
PM said entire world is currently facing grave challenge of COVID-19, adding that present situation is epoch changing event in mankind's history and we must evolve to counter impact. He praised efforts of states working together with the Centre in fight against the pandemic.
"Situation in country is akin to a ‘social emergency’; it has necessitated tough decisions and we must continue to remain vigilant. States, District administrations and Experts have suggested extension of Lockdown to contain spread of the virus," he said.
The prime minister is likely to hold another video conference with chief ministers to discuss the situation in detail.
India today saw 5,149 cases of novel coronavirus while the death toll rose to 149, indicating 25 new deaths in 12 hours, the biggest jump for the country so far.
Meanwhile, The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to seal hotspots in 15 coronavirus-hit districts in order to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. The 15 districts include Gautam Budh Nagar (Noida), capital Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Agra, Kanpur, Varanasi, Shamli, Bareilly, Bulandshahar, Firozabad, Maharajganj, Sitapur, Saharanpur and Basti. The districts will be under total lockdown with immediate effect.
People living in these 15 districts can order essentials at home by calling the helpline number 112, the Chief Secretary announced.