New Delhi: Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday said that India has today entered a crucial two week period in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic, also applauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi for speaking to opposition leaders on the COVID-19 issue. Also Read - Coronavirus: 'No Issue if PM Wants to Call Meet of SAARC, But Government Still Not Doing Enough,' Says P Chidambaram

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country today crossed the 4,000-mark and is currently at 4,067, including a death toll of 109.



Today, just hours after people across the nation observed a ‘mini-Diwali’ last night in a show of solidarity with each other on PM Modi’s call, Chidambaram tweeted: “India enters a crucial two week period today. So does the world.”

“It is good that Narendra Modi spoke to leaders of opposition parties. I have no doubt that every one of them pledged support to the government’s efforts to battle the spread of COVID-19.”



On Sunday, the Prime Minister spoke to two former Presidents-Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil-, former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda, as well leaders of several opposition parties, including Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, on COVID-19 related issues.

On April 8, he will also chair an all-party meet on the issue via video conference.

Chidambaram, a former Union Finance Minister, also said that if the Congress and other opposition parties had pointed out shortcomings in measures taken by the government, it was in a spirit of constructive criticism and cooperation.

Notably, today is day 13 of the 21-day lockdown, which was announced by PM Modi in an address to the nation at 8 PM on March 24. The scheduled last day of the lockdown is April 14 and the Prime Minister has asked the Chief Ministers to prepare an ‘exit plan’ for their respective states.