As the total COVID-19 cases in India nears to 63,000-mark Prime Minister plans to meet Chief Ministers to discuss the national lockdown.
New Delhi: Prime Minister will meet with state Chief Ministers via video conferencing at 3 pm tomorrow. This will be the fifth such meeting since the lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 was imposed on March 25.
The discussion will be about the lockdown, which is expected to end on May 17 and the areas where constraints might be relaxed. The Central government has already made it clear that the lifting of the lockdown will be phased and done gradually over a period.
The suspension of economic activities for over five weeks has hurt businesses and state revenues severely. Over a couple of weeks, most states have relaxed constraints in areas that need most, including agriculture, construction activity and MNREGA works. Last weeks, most states also reopened the sale of liquor.
The focus is now on the resumption of normalcy without allowing the virus room to spread as experts have indicated that eliminating COVID-19 might be a long way off. Many rounds of meetings have already been held on the subject.
The leaders are also expected to discuss the issue of stranded migrants, over which, sources said, the Centre has planned an ‘image correction’ exercise.
The total cases in India surged to 62,939 including over 19,000 cured/discharged or migrated and 2,109 deaths amid lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.
In the past 24 hours, 128 casualties were recorded.
A staggering 3,277 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the last 24 hours.
A total of 280 government laboratories in the country is conducting tests for the novel coronavirus, the Indian Council of Medical Research has said. ICMR also issued a list of 90 private labs which will conduct the testing.