PM Modi to interact with CMs today; extension of lockdown on agenda

PM Modi to interact with CMs today; extension of lockdown on agenda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact via video conference with all states' chief ministers today (April 11) to decide on whether the 21-day lockdown -- due to end on April 14, should be extended.

The video conference comes amidst indications that the central government may extend the lockdown, imposed to check the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19 across the country beyond April 14, after several states have favoured the extension to contain the fast-spreading virus.

Addressing floor leaders of various parties who have representation in Parliament, on April 8, Prime Minister Modi had made it clear that the lockdown cannot be lifted in one go on April 14, asserting that the priority of his government is to "save each and every life".

According to an official statement, he said states, district administrations and experts have suggested extension of the lockdown to contain the spread of the virus.