On the last day of the 21 days nationwide lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the nation and extended the lockdown duration till May 3. During his address, PM Modi said that the government will assess the situation by closely monitoring each State and district till April 20. PM Modi also mentioned that depending on the progress of each state and hotspots the government will then decide on the movement and resuming activities with certain conditions.
#BREAKING | Till April 20, every state, district & locality will be closely monitored - how lockdown is being implemented & how effective it is against Covid. Those successful in containing hotspots - there essential relaxations may be given: PM Modi https://t.co/jghcajZuXf pic.twitter.com/FgKn81yE2O— Republic (@republic) April 14, 2020
Addressing the nation PM Modi said, "One more week the lockdown will be extremely stringent. Till 20th April, all districts, localities, states will be closely monitored, as to how strictly they are implementing norms. States which will not let hotspots increase, they could be allowed to let some important activities resume, but with certain conditions."
"The government will issue detailed guidelines in this regard. While making new guidelines, we have kept in mind the interests of the poor and daily wage workers. Harvesting of Rabi crops is also underway. Central Govt and state Govts are working together to ensure that farmers face minimal problems," PM added.
Further in his address, the PM said that India is fighting against COVID-19 and it has been successful so far. "I extend my gratitude to you people. Our Constitution talks about 'We the people' and we are giving the greatest gift to Babasaheb Ambedkar on his birth anniversary by fighting against COVID-19." The Prime Minister then announced the extension of lockdown till May 3.
#BREAKING | The verdict from everyone appears to be to extend the lockdown. Many states have already extended. Taking this into account it has been decided that the lockdown in India will have to be extended till May 3: PM Modi https://t.co/jghcajZuXf pic.twitter.com/zGQqKM6sV4— Republic (@republic) April 14, 2020
Prime Minister Modi then said that compared to other nations, India has attempted to contain the pandemic quite efficiently. He said that even before any case in India, airport screening had begun and before the toll reached 100, it had made quarantine compulsory for all people arriving from foreign countries. "India did not wait for Coronavirus crisis to get bigger, it took steps as soon as sensed the problem. Compared to many developed nations, India is in a controllable situation."