COVID19: No plan to extend lockdown by a week, clarifies Cabinet Secretary
New Delhi, Mar 30: As India entered into Day 6 of a 21-day
lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba said
centre does not plan to extend the lockdown. “I am surprised to see such
reports. There is no such plan of extending the lockdown,” news agency ANI
quoted Gauba as saying.
Positive coronavirus cases rose above 1,000 in India as of
Sunday evening, government data showed, while the death toll touched 27. The
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has conducted at least 34,931 tests
for coronavirus confirmation till Sunday.
The Centre asked state governments and Union Territory
administrations to effectively seal all state and district borders and said
those having already left be quarantined for 14 days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio
broadcast on Sunday, sought the nation’s forgiveness for the hardships caused
by the stringent nationwide lockdown, saying it was necessary because the
country was fighting a battle between life and death.
He, however, expressed confidence that “we will
definitely win the battle” against the coronavirus menace and praised the
front-line workers in this fight against as well as countless workers
delivering the essential services.
The government announced some more exemptions to the
lockdown by allowing movement of all goods, irrespective of those being in
essential or non-essential categories.
The Narendra Modi administration on Sunday set up 11
empowered groups for quickly drawing up and executing a comprehensive plan to
tackle the adverse impact of the coronavirus crisis.