IMPHAL: Amid reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre was planning to extend the 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed to control the spread of corona virus in the country, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Monday rejected such claims stressing that there is no such plan.
The Press Information Bureau tweeted that there are rumor and media reports claiming that the Government will extend the Lockdown21 when it expires. The Cabinet Secretary has denied these reports, and stated that they are baseless.
Earlier, Rajiv Gauba, Cabinet Secretary of India had also denied such reports, saying he was surprised and told that here is no such plan of extending the lockdown while questioned by press media regarding the matter.
Prime Minister had said in his first Mann ki Baat address to the nation after the announcement of lockdown that this was the only option to fight Corona virus pandemic.
PM Modi apologized for the hardships caused due to the lockdown but admitted there was no other option. He appealed to people not to violate the nationwide lockdown and stressed upon increasing social distancing but reducing emotional distancing. The fight with corona is a fight between life and death and we have to win it. Saying that, he was aware of the fact that poor are angry with him, but he had no choice other than calling for the lockdown in order to defeat corona virus, added the prime minister.
PM Modi also urged the people of the country to show courage and resolve and follow “Lakshman Rekha” for several days more. The prime minister noted that the fight against the deadly virus is tough and it required tough actions to keep millions of Indians safe.
Maharashtra and Kerala continue to remain the worst affected states with 203 and 202 cases of infections, respectively. Also, the most number of deaths has been reported from Maharashtra. While in the national capital, 23 new COVID-19 positive cases were recorded on Sunday which is the biggest jump in a day. The total number of cases rose to 72 with two deaths.