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Lockdown may be extended in Red Zone areas after May 3: PM Modi hints

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday indicated that the nationwide lockdown could be extended in worst-hit areas of the country after May 3. He conveyed to chief ministers that the country will have to give importance to the economy as well as to continue the fight against coronavirus.

“Lockdown has yielded positive results, country has managed to save thousands of lives in past 1.5 months,” said PM Modi during his video-conference interaction with chief ministers. 

 

The prime minister told the chief ministers efforts of states should be directed towards converting the red zones into orange and thereafter to green zones. He also highlighted the importance for states to enforce prescribed guidelines strictly in the coronavirus hotspots zones

PM Modi said that the country has seen two lockdowns till now, both different in certain aspects, and now we have to think of the way ahead. 

Lauding the lockdown and its impact in breaking the chain of transmission of the virus, PM Modi said that the impact of COVID-19 will remain visible in the coming months, adding that “masks and face covers will be part of life.” 

“We have to give importance to to the economy as well as continue the fight against Covid-19. We have to be brave and bring reforms that touch lives of common people,” he said.