Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that it would not be possible to end the lockdown on April 14 due to a spike in coronavirus cases.
In a meeting with leaders of all parties, he said he would consult with Chief Ministers but it looked unlikely that the lockdown could end anytime soon. 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 Modi reportedly told political leaders in the video conference.
The number of cases in the country climbed to 5,194. A detailed presentation was made by the Health Secretary, Home Secretary and Rural Affairs Secretary.