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PM hints: COVID-19 lockdown in India will have to continue

At a meeting with party leaders, PM Narendra Modi has hinted that the lockdown will have to continue to curb the spread of COVID-19
  • The PM underlined that the situation in the country is akin to a “social emergency”

  • The country has been forced to take tough decisions, and must continue to remain vigilant, he said

New Delhi: At a meeting with floor leaders of various political parties via video conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hinted that the lockdown will have to continue to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Situation akin to ‘social emergency,’ must continue to remain vigilant: PM

The PM underlined that the situation in the country is akin to a “social emergency” and the country has been forced to take tough decisions and must continue to remain vigilant. He said that several state governments, district administrations and experts have asked for extension of the phase of CVODI-19 lockdown. The news comes on a day when Uttar Pradesh and Delhi identified COVID-19 hotspots and issued an order to seal them off completely, meaning bar the movement of people in and out of these neighbourhoods.

‘India has witnessed constructive, positive politics’

While adding that the present situation is an epoch-changing event in mankind’s history, the PM said that we must evolve to counter its impact. He praised the synchronisation displayed by state governments working together with the Centre in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that the country has witnessed constructive and positive politics through the coming together of all sections of polity to present a united front in this battle. He also praised the sense of belonging, discipline, dedication and commitment with which each and every citizen has been contributing, by following social distancing, Janta Curfew or the lockdown. The PM noted that in these changing circumstances, the country should simultaneously try to bring about a change in its work culture and working style. He said that the priority of the government is saving each and every life. He added that the country is facing serious economic challenges as a result of COVID-19, and the government is committed to overcoming them.