COVID-19 LIVE Updates: Speculations are rife that the coronavirus lockdown would continue beyond May 3 in the worst-affected parts of the country and educational institutions, shopping malls, religious places and public transport will also remain shut. The indications came after PM Modi’s virtual meeting with CMs wherein he conveyed that the coronavirus danger is far from over even though India could save thousands of lives by declaring a lockdown at the earliest, but everyone concerned has to maintain a constant vigil. Also Read - Chinese Scientists Discussed Weaponising Coronavirus Five Years Before Pandemic: Report

Reports claimed that five chief ministers out of nine during the meeting with PM Modi, strongly pitched for the extension of the ongoing lockdown beyond May 3 while a few advocated a cautious relaxation in curbs with limited activities in COVID-19-free districts. Also Read - Amitabh Bachchan Contributes Rs 2 Crore Towards Covid-19 Care Facility in The Capital

However, a final decision will be taken in a couple of days post the meeting on the strategy to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Feels She Will Not Last More Than a Week After Instagram Deletes Her Post Threatening To Demolish Covid-19

Meanwhile, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has lifted the bar on veterinarians, plumbers and electricians after reviewing coronavirus or COVID-19 situation in the national capital. In the order, Delhi Disaster Management Authority(DDMA) also allowed inter-state travel of health workers, lab technicians & scientists.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country soared to 28,380, with 1,463 cases and 60 deaths in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with a total number of cases rising to 8,068, followed by Gujarat which reported 3,301 cases and Delhi which has reported 2,981 cases.

Addressing the media after the daily Covid 19 review meeting, Vijayan said the expected loss in the first quarter of the present fiscal for the state would be around Rs 80,000 crore. “This include over 83 lakh man days lost in the casual labour sector, besides the hotel and restaurant sector, fisheries, IT sector, other organised and unorganised sectors,” he said.

“We have demanded a comprehensive financial package, which includes an interest free loan ranging from Rs 2 to Rs 5 lakh for the small and medium segment business,” he added.

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