PM Modi meets Amit Shah to discuss lockdown exit strategy amid rise in coronavirus cases
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the exit strategy from the coronavirus-mandated lockdown, which is scheduled to end on Sunday, May 31. The meeting between the two leaders came after Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to the chief ministers of different states and asked them for a feedback on the road map after the lockdown 4.0.
According to media reports, PM Modi and Amit Shah held discussions over the strategy on the shut down and opening up of economic activities amid the rising cases of coronavirus in the country. India on Friday recorded the highest single day spike with over 7,400 new infections, taking the total toll past 1.65 lakh.
Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday held a discussion with chief ministers and asked them their views on the further extension of the lockdown. He also asked them for a feedback from their respective states about the prevailing condition of the coronavirus pandemic in their state.
All the chief ministers gave their views on how they want to move forward after the Lockdown 4 ends. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant also hinted that the lockdown can possibly get extended by two more weeks, but with few more relaxations like opening of restaurants with 50 per cent capacity.
After discussions with Amit Shah, Sawant said, "I spoke to HM Shah on phone and I feel lockdown may be extended for 15 more days. However, we demand that there should be some relaxations - restaurants should be allowed with social distancing at 50 per cent capacity. Many people also want gyms to resume."
Meanwhile, a News18 report also suggests that the lockdown will be extended by two more weeks after May 31. The report quoted a government source saying that the next phase of lockdown will be described as “lockdown extension in spirit” which will be focused on 11 cities that have nearly 70 per cent of the country’s overall COVID-19 cases.
The cities in focus are Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Kolkata, along with Pune, Thane, Jaipur, Surat and Indore. Places of worship and gymnasiums may be allowed to open in ‘Lockdown 5.0’ but no religious congregation or any other mass gathering will be allowed, as per government officials quoted in the report.
Posted By: Talib Khan