PM Narendra Modi today addressed the nation and extended the nationwide lockdown till May 3. This was his third such address in the wake of COVID-19. His address came after the much-anticipated extension of the complete lockdown of the country for days as the nationwide lockdown imposed for 21 days comes to an end today.
Several state governments have already made announcements of the lockdown extension in their states, the Centre made an announcement today and extended it till May 3.
Highlights of Narendra Modi’s Speech:
10.20 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “Till 20th April, all districts, localities, states will be closely monitored, as to how strictly they are implementing norms. States which will not let hotspots increase, they could be allowed to let some important activities resume, but with certain conditions,” says PM Modi.
10.17 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces lockdown relaxations pertaining to the daily wagers who have suffered hardships due to the lockdown. Prime Minister announces relief for farmers keeping the season of the rabi crop harvest in mind.
10.15 am: Lockdown in India extended till May 3, announces PM Modi.
10.12 am: PM Modi says, “With fast action and early lockdown, India has done much better than the bigger nations. The figures from these developed nations show that we are doing much better.”
10.10 am: PM Modi says India acted very early to contain the coronavirus problem. “Screenings started even before India reported any Covid-19 cases,” says PM Modi, adds, “We didn’t wait for the problem to get out of hands”.
10.05 am: PM Modi remembers BR Ambedkar on his birth anniversary.
10.02 am: PM Modi: I know the kinds of difficulties the people of India have been tolerating for days to protect the country. You have faced difficulties with food, work, but you are still resolved to fight.
10 am: PM Narendra Modi begins his address of the nation as the complete lockdown of the country ends today after 21 days.
So far, India has reported 10,363 coronavirus cases and 339 deaths. Maharashtra and Delhi have reported the highest number of cases of the pandemic in India.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have already extended the lockdown till April 30 in their States.