New Delhi: Reports claiming that the 21-day nationwide lockdown would be extended are ‘baseless’, the government clarified on Monday. Besides, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba also refuted reports and asserted that there is no such plan of extending the lockdown. Also Read - Kerala's Tragedy: COVID-19 Claims 1 Life But Alcohol Ban Kills 9 in The State Amid Lockdown

“I’m surprised to see such reports, there is no such plan of extending the lockdown”, news agency ANI quoted Gauba as saying. Also Read - 'Headspace' And 'Calm': Omar Abdullah Recommends Apps to Deal With Anxiety During COVID-19 Lockdown

On March 24, in his second address to the nation on the pandemic, PM Modi had announced a complete lockdown across the country for 21 days, asserting that social distancing is the only way out for the country in its decisive battle against the coronavirus. He had also made a fervent appeal to the countrymen not to cross the ‘lakshman rekha’ of their homes in the next three weeks.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India has crossed 1000-mark, following which the government asked states to seal borders, in a bid to help curb the exodus of migrant workers from cities.