Govt ‘Thinking in the Direction’ of Lockdown Extension: Sources

The news came in following appeals by various chief ministers, as well as medical experts to extend the lockdown.

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A policeman pastes a notice at the residence of a COVID-19 positive muezzin (who recites prayer-call at mosques) after he along with his family members was taken for quarantine, in Dehradun, Tuesday, 7 April 2020.
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Following requests from various state governments and experts for an extension of the national coronavirus-induced lockdown, the Centre is 'thinking in this direction', government sources said, as per reports on Tuesday, 7 April.

However, sources did not indicate if a final decision has been taken on the matter, PTI reported.

IAS Officers, CMs Push For Extension

The news came in following appeals by various chief ministers, as well as medical experts to extend the lockdown, citing the increasing spread of coronavirus as a major threat.

Saying that India has an 'inadequacy of medical infrastructure', IAS officers and district collectors had earlier suggested an extension of the lockdown, or its lifting being done in phases. The statement had come from some officers in response to a 'National Preparedness Survey COVID-19’ sent to government officials in 410 districts, The Economic Times reported.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on 6 April had made the same appeal to PM Modi to extend the lockdown to check as it was hard to check the spread of the virus due to India’s “poor health infrastructure”.

“I appeal to the honourable Prime Minister, to the Government of India, please extend the lockdown without any hesitation,” he said. “Consult everybody, consult every Chief Minister, have a video conference with entire country, but take a conscious decision. Because, we have no other weapon in India to contain this dreadful virus,” he added.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that his government will extend lockdown if need arises, while Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said the state cannot withdraw the lockdown immediately, and it has to be done in a phased manner. Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary R K Tiwari said, "there is still time for the lockdown, and we will review the situation and then decide" on lifting it.

India is currently under the 21-day lockdown since 25 March, with only essential services exempted, to contain the fast-spreading virus, which has claimed more than 75,800 lives and afflicted over 13.5 lakh people across 183 countries, PTI reported.

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