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PM Modi communicates with political party members, suggests expanding the lockdown as coronavirus COVID-19 cases increase

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During an interaction with opposition leaders to address the situation resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested on Wednesday (April 8) that the nationwide lockdown would be extended to contain the rapidly spreading virus beyond April 14.
Having a meeting with Parliament’s floor leader via video conferencing, PM Modi said experts have indicated that the suggestions coming from people so far need to be locked down and increased.
Others attending the meeting included Ghulam Nabi Azad, opposition leader in Rajya Sabha, and Sharad Pawar, head of the Nationalist Congress Party.
Other participants were Ram Gopal Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Satish Misra (Bahujan Samaj Party), Chirag Paswan (Lok Janshakti Party), T R Baalu (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), Sukhbir Singh Badal (Shiromani Akali Dal), Rajiv Ranjan Singh (Janata Dal-), Pinaki Mishra (Biju Janata Dal) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena), besides Azad and Pawar.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) also attended the meeting, renouncing its initial reluctance. Participants included TMC member Sudip Bandyopadhyay.
Sources said these leaders were briefed on the government’s efforts to tackle COVID-19 and alleviate the difficulties arising from the lockdown by secretaries from different ministries — health, home, and rural development. On April 11, the Prime Minister will hold a meeting via video conferencing with the chief ministers of all states to discuss the lockdown situation.
The increase in COVID-19 cases has led many states to call on the central government to extend the nationwide 21-day lockdown declared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Leader of Congress Party in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said the PM had suggested that the meeting would proceed with the lockdown.
“Prime Minister Modi made it clear that there is no lifting of the lockdown and that pre-Corona and post-Corona life is not going to be the same,” Biju Janata Dal leader Pinaki Misra told PTI. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi told Zee Media that if the lockout is not extended it would weaken the fight against coronavirus. He appreciated the initiative of the Prime Minister to take everyone in trust but added that more attention should be paid to the segment that faces a shortage of food products.
Rashid Alvi has also sought stringent action against the leaders of Tablighi Jamaat who cause a ruckus in isolation and endanger others ‘lives.
According to the Wednesday morning report from the Union Health Ministry, there are 149 deaths and 5,194 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, even as the world entered its third week of nationwide lockdown.
India has seen 5,149 cases of novel coronavirus today while the death toll has risen to 149, including 25 new deaths in 12 hours. The reported cases are 4,643 while 401 people recovered from the pandemic

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