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Coronavirus lockdown: Extended till May 3, will become more strict in coming days, says PM Modi

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 April 2020, 11:55 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held in high regard the discipline displayed by the citizens of the country in making the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 a success as he announced it extension.

“In my discussions with the state governments, and various stakeholders, one thing was unanimous: That we should extend the lockdown. So, I announce today that the lockdown will be extended till May 3,” PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister also asked people to be vigilant and stop the spread of coronavirus, “We will impose more stringent measures in the next week. Till April 20, we will evaluate how different states are dealing with the pandemic. States which will not let hotspots increase, they could be allowed to let some important activities resume, but with certain conditions,” PM Modi said.

“The fight is moving ahead with strength. I know the hardships you faced, you are fulfilling your duties and I respectfully bow to the people of India for their sacrifice,” the PM said in his address

“People have saved the country while facing difficulties,” he added.

PM Modi also referred to Dr BR Ambedkar on his birthday. “Our constitution talks about ‘We the People’. The spirit was displayed during this period,” said PM Modi.

It was the Prime Ministers third address to the nation in less than a month. On 19th March, PM Modi said he would seek the ‘coming few days’ of citizens, asked them to remain resolute and patient in the fight against the Covid-19, elderly people to stay at home and called for a ‘people’s curfew’ on 22nd March to display their unity and firmness of purpose.

The Prime Minister then went on to announce a three week nationwide lockdown that ceased commercial flights and trains, taken public transport off the roads, closed educational institutes and close industrrail production.

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First published: 14 April 2020, 10:56 IST