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Lockdown Likely To Be Extended, Prime Minister Modi Suggests At All-Party Meeting

Life will not be the same again after COVID-19, said the Prime Minister, adding that there would be “pre-corona and post-corona”.

New Delhi: The situation in the country is similar to a “social emergency” and it has necessitated tough decisions, Prime Minister Modi told political leaders on the COVID-19 outbreak as he affirmed that the priority of his government is to “save each and every life”.

Interacting via video conferencing with floor leaders of the opposition and other parties in Parliament on Wednesday, Modi said, “We must continue to remain vigilant.”

Life will not be the same again after COVID-19, the Prime Minister said, adding that there would be “pre-corona and post-corona” for times to come.

“Massive behavioural, social and personal changes will have to take place,” he reportedly told political leaders in the video conference.

The sweeping lockdown of 1.3 billion people to prevent an epidemic of COVID-19 ends on April 14 and PM Modi is due to take a decision this week on whether to extend it. Before a decision, he will hold a second meeting with Chief Ministers via video conference on Saturday.

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PM said the entire world is currently facing the grave challenge of COVID-19, adding that the present situation is epoch changing event in mankind’s history and we must evolve to counter the impact. He praised efforts of states working together with the Centre in the fight against the pandemic.

States, district administrations and experts have suggested extension of the ongoing lockdown beyond April 14 to contain the spread of the virus, said, Prime Minister Modi.

India has recorded 149 deaths linked to coronavirus, with 35 dying in the last 24 hours alone. The latest data from the Union Health Ministry takes the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 5,194 cases. This is the biggest spike in both the number of cases and deaths.

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