COVID-19: PM Modi says situation similar to ‘Social Emergency’; hints at lockdown extension

PM Narendra Modi said that the situation due to coronavirus in the country is similar to that of a “social emergency”. In a meeting with floor leaders of political parties in Parliament, held through video conferencing on Wednesday, the PM also said that everyone should continue to stay vigilant.

PM Modi also indicated that it may not be possible to lift the nationwide lockdown on April 14 as the country’s positive cases crossed 5,000 mark.

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“The situation in the country is akin to a social emergency. The country has been forced to take tough decisions and must continue to remain vigilant. Several state governments, district administrations and experts have asked for extension of the phase of lockdown,” PM said during the conference.

The Prime Minister also praised the efforts of state governments working together with the Centre in the fight against the pandemic and noted that the country “has witnessed constructive and positive politics through the coming together of all sections of polity to present a united front in this battle.”

He also praised the “sense of belonging, discipline, dedication and commitment with which each and every citizen is contributing in this endeavour, be it in following social distancing, Janta Curfew or the lockdown.”

Various political leaders appreciated the timely measures taken by the Centre to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and assured the Prime Minister that the entire country was with him.

The leaders also spoke about “boosting the health and morale of the healthcare workers, ramping up testing facilities, the need to assist smaller states and UTs and tackling the challenges of hunger and malnutrition. They also spoke about economic and other policy measures to boost the country’s capability in this battle against the pandemic.”

The Prime Minister took note of the suggestions given by the leaders and thanked them for the feedback.

The meeting was attended by Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad, TMC’s Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, BJD’s Pinaki Misra, NCP’s Sharad Pawar, SP’s Ram Gopal Yadav, SAD’s Sukhbir Singh Badal, BSP’s Satish Chandra Mishra, YSRCP’S Vijay Sai Reddy and Mithun Reddy, JDU’s Rajeev Ranjan Singh among others.

(With Agency Inputs)

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