Rajiv Gauba, Union home secretary has categorially rejected claims of a lockdown expansion.
Bengaluru: As the nation goes through a tough phase, trying its best to somehow sustain the lockdown implemented to keep the coronavirus at bay, the question on everyone’s mind is: Will the lockdown be furthered after April 14?
Putting an end to such speculations, Rajiv Gauba, Union home secretary has categorially rejected it.
He said, “I’m surprised to see such reports, there is no such plan of extending the lockdown.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed the lockdown on March 24. A few days before this, he had called for a Janata curfew, which was nothing but an exercise to equip the people to undergo a harsher exercise.
The lockdown, to be in existence till April 14, forbids people from venturing out on the streets unnecessarily. Transportation has been cut, schools, colleges and several departments of the government too are not functioning.
However, essential services like food, medicine, police and firefighting are not being touched.
The lockdown has also seen migrant labourers travelling back to states like Uttar Pradesh as their work has been stalled.
At the time of writing this article, the number of Covid-19 deaths in India stands at 32 while the number of positive cases stands at 1190.
Globally, the number of deaths stands at 34, 018 while the affected stands at 723, 740.
The centre has also asked states to strictly implement the lockdown.
India is presently observing the sixth day of the lockdown. Prime Minister Narendra
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman too has announced a slew of measures to help the poor, migrant workers and the labourers.
Additionally, Shaktikanta Das, the RBI Governor announced that the RBI has allowed a 3-month moratorium on EMIs across loans. The RBI has also revised repo rates and reverse repo rates.
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Last Updated Mar 30, 2020, 1:32 PM IST