Lockdown won’t be lifted in one go, PM Modi hints at all-party meeting

India has entered the fifteenth day of its 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed by the Centre to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

With the number of coronavirus cases spurting to 350, the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday said all COVID-19 hotspots in 15 districts will be sealed till April 30.

The total number of positive Covid-19 cases breached the 5000-mark and as many as 149 people have been reported dead from the disease.

A total of 5194 cases have been reported so far, of which 401 people have recovered. The Supreme Court today told the government that Coronavirus testing should be free of cost even in private labs.

Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday hinted that the Centre in all likelihood will be extending the nationwide lockdown that is supposed to end on April 14.

At the all-party meeting via video conferencing, Prime Minister Modi told the opposition leaders and leaders of states that it is a long drawn fight. The situation in the country is akin to a “social emergency” and it has necessitated tough decisions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told political leaders on the Covid-19 outbreak as he asserted that the priority of his government is to “save each and every life”.

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