COVID-19 Situation in India – States Seek Lockdown Extension

The third phase of lockdown is going to end in India on 17th May 2020 but corona cases are on the rise in many states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan & Delhi. PM mode has conducted all states CM online meeting again on Monday 11th May regarding the current situation of coronavirus and lockdown.

On a very long virtual meeting session, PM Modi discussed many points with CM about their state’s current situation of COVID-19 spread. Unlike earlier PM-CM meets this time also only a few chief ministers backed the extension of lockdowns like Mamta Banarjee from West Bengal, Uddhav Thackeray from Maharashtra, and KCR from Telangana. Punjab CM Amarinder Singh wanted a lockdown extension with a carefully crafted exit strategy and Arvind Kejriwal from Delhi also want to open the capital in a planned way.

COVID-19 Situation in India - States Seek Lockdown Extension
COVID-19 Situation in India – States Seek Lockdown Extension

In the fifth virtual meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last 51 days, chief ministers of different states, explained COVID-19 situation in their states to PM Narendra Modi and asked about the financial package but couldn’t arrive at a conclusion on the extension of lockdown. But all of them portrayed a sense of unity towards states getting greater autonomy in deciding the future course of action, which includes a graded exit.

But as per the source to extend ongoing lockdown and to make it Lockdown 4.0, the ball is now in CMs’ court and all the CM’s has a choice. States who want to take a call regarding the lockdown extension in their state can do it and implement it independently to control the spread of coronavirus. Nitish Kumar from Bihar & Mamta Banerjee, along with Uddhav Thackeray shown strong interest to extend the lockdown till 31st May 2020.

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