New Delhi, Apr 11: Chief Ministers of several states on Saturday, in a video conference meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, favored an extension of the lockdown period in order to stem the sharp increase in cases of novel coronavirus in the country.
Several Chief Ministers, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, favored a further extension of the lockdown till April 30, sources said. Speaking during the video conference, the PM said, 'I am available 24x7. Any Chief Minister can speak to me and give suggestions (on COVID-19) anytime. We should stand together shoulderto-shoulder.'
Punjab and Odisha have already announced extending the lockdown beyond April 14 when the current spell of 21-day shutdown across the country ends on Tuesday. The meeting comes amid an increased outbreak of Corona virus in the country with the number of cases of Corona virus crossing the 7000 mark. More than 200 people across the country have died due to the Corona virus. Two states, Odisha and Punjab have already extended the lockdown for 15 more days.
Chief ministers of other states like Rajasthan chief Minister Ashok Gehlot have also expressed the need to extend the lockdown.. Pertinent to mention here that, in an earlier meeting with the leaders of opposition parties, the Prime Minister had said that the current situation is akin to a social emergency. In his meeting with the Chief Ministers, the PM, along with CMs, was seen wearing a mask. The meeting comes even as the Central government has sought views on the issue from all the relevant agencies and stakeholders involved in the efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic. (UNI)