New Delhi: In yet another indication that the ongoing 21-day-long nationwide lockdown may be extended, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, in a statement on Tuesday, said that people must abide by any decision on the lockdown, ‘even if the hardship continues beyond April 14.’ Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown May Not End on April 14 in UP; CM Announces COVID-Care Fund
“Let’s live with the hardship a little longer for a better tomorrow,” he further said in the statement. Also Read - COVID-19 Impact: Unemployment Rate In India Rises To 23.4% Amid Lockdown, Shows CMIE Data
The Vice President’s remarks come on what is the 14th day of the lockdown, and exactly a week before its scheduled last day.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the lockdown on March 24, in a bid to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent video conference with Chief Ministers, the second on the issue, he had urged them to prepare an ‘exit plan’ for their respective states. In recent days, there have also been reports that post-lockdown, only specific ‘hotspots’ will be kept under restrictions while the rest of the areas will gradually be opened up.
However, with the number of cases increasing in the country everyday, especially due to last month’s Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, several states have requested the Prime Minister to extend the lockdown beyond April 14. Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday even ‘announced’ extension of the lockdown in his state till April 30, though his office later clarified that he was misquoted and was just recommending the Centre that the lockdown be extended till the said date.
India has thus far recorded 4,421 positive cases of coronavirus, including 114 deaths and 326 who have recovered, which means that currently, there are 3,981 active cases in the country.