New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with all the chief ministers of the states on Monday, a week before the end of the coronavirus lockdown 3.0. The Prime Minister will likely discuss about a plan to exit the lockdown, which is expected to end on May 17.

This will be PM Modi's fifth with the chief ministers since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

"PM Narendra Modi to hold the 5th meeting via video-conference with state Chief Ministers tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a tweet.

News agency IANS quoted sources as saying that the focus of the meeting will be on further increasing the economic activities and on tackling the pandemic in containment zones as the lockdown 3.0 is to end on May 17.

The announcement comes after Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba held a video conference with the Chief Secretaries and Health Secretaries of all states and union territories (UTs).

As the Chief Secretaries informed Gauba about the situation in their states and also said that while protection is required from COVID, the economic activities also needed to be stepped up in a calibrated manner, the Prime Minister also want to take stock of situation in one-on-one discussion with the Chief Ministers of these states.


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NDTV quoted sources as saying that a lot of states have raised objections to the categorisation of districts as  red, green and orange zones and said that amid the rising number of coronavirus cases, all of the districts will come under red zone.

The government had extended the lockdown till May 17 in wake of the alarming spike in the number of coronavirus cases. However, it had provided some relaxations after categorising districts under red, orange and green zone. Under the new guidelines, the central government permitted considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the green and orange Zones.

Urging people to follow 'social distancing' norms, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have also said that people will have to learn to live with the coronavirus and develop the preventive guidelines as behavioural changes as this is a difficult battle and the government needs everyone's cooperation.     

It further said that the country may not achieve the peak in COVID-19 cases if people follow all the required do's and don'ts to keep the virus at bay.

As per the data available at the Health Ministry website, the dreadful infection has affected 62,939 people in India while over 2,100 people have lost their lives. 19,358 people have also been cured from the infection and discharged from hospitals, said the Health Ministry.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma