Followed by a comprehensive review of the severity of the outbreak across the nation, Modi-Led central government on Friday announced the extension of lockdown by a further two weeks. Issuing certain guidelines to be followed in different zones((announced on Friday) across the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) dropped the news, this time without calling for Prime Minister’s address.
Stating that the lockdown would be extended for two more weeks, the Central government has issued new guidelines for the three different zones- Red, Orange, and Green demarcated as per the strategy to check the spread of coronavirus pandemic. Though the government announced relaxations in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones, the news came as a disappointment to the citizen who clued themselves to homes for 43 days
The decision was rolled out hours Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting with the top government functionaries on Friday. Those in attendance were Union Ministers Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman. Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, CDS Bipin Rawat and Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary PK Mishra also joined the review meeting chaired by PM Modi. This came close on the heels of the country registering 1,755 COVID-19 cases and 77 deaths in 24 hours, the highest 1-day jump in the death toll.