New Delhi: As India enters the last week of the 54-day lockdown, all eyes are set on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s virtual meeting with chief ministers on Monday. The video conference will begin at 3 PM on Monday. This will be Modi’s fifth interaction with the chief ministers since the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: Kanpur IG Mohit Agarwal Pays Fine For Not Wearing Mask in Public
Sources in the union government informed news agency PTI that the focus of the PM’s meeting would be on boosting economic activities and pushing efforts to convert ‘red’ zones with high COVID-19 case load into ‘orange’ or ‘green’ zones. Reports claimed that the restrictions still in place are unlikely to be withdrawn in one go. Also Read - Unlock 1: Shopping Malls, Restaurants And Temples All Set to Reopen From Monday | List of Dos And Don'ts Here
On the other hand, Chief ministers are expected to push for stepping up economic activities in a calibrated manner, as the Centre weighed the pros and cons of further easing of restrictions for a graded exit from the twice extended 54-day coronavirus lockdown due to end on May 17. Also Read - Coronavirus Bengaluru: Only 149 Active Cases, 49 Containment Zones | Here is What Bengaluru Did And Others Didn't
Meanwhile, coronavirus death toll in the country rose to 2,109 and the number of cases climbed to 67,939, registering an increase of 128 deaths and 3,277 cases in the last 24 hours. . The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 41,472, while 19,357 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the Health Ministry data showed.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had yesterday asserted that no COVID-19 case has been reported in 10 states and union territories in the last 24 hours and the recovery rate has increased to over 30 per cent, asserting India was moving fast on the path of success in the fight against the pandemic.
According to health ministry data, 1,511 COVID-19 patients recovered in the last 24 hours — the highest number of recoveries recorded in one day.