New Delhi: The prime minister, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, extended the nationwide lockdown to stop the transmission of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, infection by over two weeks. The current 21-day lockdown, which was imposed on March 24, was supposed to end on Tuesday. However, Modi also indicated that some of the restrictions may be eased after April 20.
In an address to the nation on radio and television, the prime minister said the lockdown will be eased only in areas which do not show any increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
In his address, Modi also said India has paid a “big economic price” by imposing the lockdown. However, he added India was much better placed than others because it was “quick in imposing travel and quarantine restrictions even before the first death was reported in the country”. He said the lockdown and social distancing among people have resulted in the lower number of coronavirus cases in the country.
India saw an increase of 1,034 cases of COVID-19 infections and 35 new deaths from the disease on Tuesday.
The latest coronavirus India stats:
- Confirmed: 11,487
- Deaths: 393
- Recovered: 1,359
The latest worldwide coronavirus stats:
- Confirmed: 1,997,860
- Deaths: 126,600
- Recovered: 478,516
Top 5 countries with coronavirus infections:
- United States: 613,886
- Spain: 174,060
- Italy: 162,488
- France: 143,303
- Germany: 132,210
Top 5 countries with coronavirus deaths are:
- United States: 26,047
- Italy: 21,067
- Spain: 18,255
- France: 15,729
- United Kingdom: 12,107
[Source: Johns Hopkins University & Medicine]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s full speech on lockdown extension:
[This story was last updated at 10.05am on April 15, 2020.]