Government quashes rumours to extend lockdown in India

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Government quashes rumours to extend lockdown in India
Government quashes rumours to extend lockdown in India

New Delhi : The government on Monday quashed all-rumoured reports which claimed that they are planning to extend the lockdown from current 21-day. PM Narendra Modi on March 25 announced a 21-day lockdown in the nation to stop the spread of coronavirus. 

"There are rumours and media reports, claiming that the government will extend the lockdown when it expires. The Cabinet Secretary has denied these reports, and stated that they are baseless," the Press Information Bureau (PIB) said on Twitter on Monday.

"I am surprised to see such reports, there is no such plan of extending the lockdown," Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba told a news agency.

India came under 21-day lockdown on Wednesday (March 25) after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation and said this is a mandatory step India needs to take in order to stop the spread of virus.

He also urged people to remain patient and stay indoors during the lockdown. 

Meanwhile, the lockdown, acknowledged by experts as a necessary preventive measure, has thrown everything out of gear, including the economic activity. In India, an exodus of migrant workers from cities towards their villages, often on foot was also seen near Delhi borders. 

PM Modi spoke to the countrymen on Sunday, this time through ‘Mann ki Baat’, his monthly radio address, where he apologised to citizens, especially the poor, for harsh decisions that have caused difficulties. 

The total number of Covid-19 cases crossed 1000 on Sunday.