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Lockdown 3 coming? PM Modi interacts with CMs on COVID-19 situation

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a video convention with chief ministers to debate the state of affairs arising because of the coronavirus pandemic within the nation, which has been beneath lockdown since March 25 to include the unfold of the virus, amid indications that the interplay would additionally give attention to a graded exit from the continuing lockdown.

That is Modi’s fourth such interplay with state Chief Ministers since March 22 when he first spoke to them on the coronavirus state of affairs and steps taken –each by the Centre and the states– to include the pandemic. Two days afterward March 24, Modi introduced a 21-day nationwide lockdown. He prolonged the lockdown until Could three on April 14, the final day of the preliminary three-week shutdown.

Amongst these current on the digital meet, included House Minister Amit Shah, Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan and high officers from the PMO and Union Well being Ministry.

The Chief Ministers who attended the assembly included Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala), Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra), E Okay Palaniswami (Tamil Nadu), Conard Sangma (Meghalaya) Trivendram Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand) and Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh).

The Prime Minister was carrying a white ‘gamcha’ (Indian stole for males) with inexperienced border. He has been utilizing ‘gamcha’ to cowl his face throughout such meets.

Sources within the authorities had on Sunday indicated that apart from discussing the way in which ahead in coping with the pandemic, the Prime Ministers and Chief Ministers may additionally give attention to a “graded” exit from the lockdown.

In a tweet on Monday, the Prime Minister’s Workplace mentioned Modi and the chief ministers shall be discussing points referring to the COVID-19 state of affairs.

In his month-to-month ‘Mann ki Baat‘ radio address on Sunday, the Prime Minister said the country is in the middle of a ‘yudh’ (conflict) and asserted that folks should proceed being cautious and take precautions.

His observe of warning got here amidst gradual exemptions being granted by the Centre and states to revive financial actions.

“I urge you not to get overconfident. You should in your over-enthusiasm not think that if the coronavirus has not yet reached your city, village, street or office, it is not going to reach now. Never make such a mistake. The experience of the world tells us a lot in this regard,” Modi mentioned whereas referring to a preferred Hindi idiom ‘Sawdhani hati, durghatna ghati’ (catastrophe strikes if you decrease your focus).

The Centre and the state governments have been giving gradual exemptions to spice up financial actions as additionally to supply reduction to folks as some states need additional leisure in areas which have seen few or no coronavirus circumstances.

(PTI)

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