Published On: Mon, Mar 30th, 2020

Centre rejects reports of extending 21-day lockdown to curb spread of COVID-19

New Delhi: Outrightly rejecting the reports in section of media that the Centre was planning to extend the 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in the country, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Monday (March 30) stated that there is no such plan in the offing.

PM Modi also urged the people to show courage and resolve and follow “Lakshman Rekha” till April 1

“I’m surprised to see such reports, there is no such plan of extending the lockdown,” said Cabinet Secretary Gauba.

The clarification came amid report of government decision to further extend the lockdown in sections of degital platforms.

It may be mentioned here that on Sunday (March 29), PM Modi had said in his first Mann ki Baat address to the nation after the announcement of lockdown that this was the only option to fight coronavirus pandemic. The prime minister apologised to the people of the country for the imposition of lockdown and said that he was aware of the fact that some of the poor people may have been angry with him, but he had no other option but to go for imposition of a nation- wide lockdown to defeat coronavirus.

“Many people must be angry at me for imposing the lockdown, I understand your problems. The fight with corona is a fight between life and death and we have to win it,” the prime minister had said in his mann ki baat to the nation.

PM Modi also urged the people to show courage and resolve and follow “Lakshman Rekha” till April 14.

He said that the fight against the deadly virus is tough and it required tough actions to keep millions of Indians safe.

As latest government report. the total number of coronavirus cases in India jumped to 1024 on Sunday (March 29), including 48 foreigners. A total of 27 people have lost their lives in India due to coronavirus.

Maharashtra and Kerala continue to remain the worst affected states with 203 and 202 cases of infections, respectively. Also, the most number of deaths has been reported from Maharashtra. While in the national capital, 23 new COVID-19 positive cases were recorded on Sunday which is the biggest jump in a day. The total number of cases rose to 72 with two deaths.

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