New Delhi: Looking at the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country, Prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that it is not possible to withdraw the 21-day nationwide lockdown at one go. Also Read - I Asked Him if He Would Release Hydroxychloroquine; He Was Really Good, Says Donald Trump on Modi

Holding a crucial all-party meet, PM Modi said that the situation in the country is akin to a ‘social emergency’ and all must continue to remain vigilant. Also Read - Indian-American Journalist Brahm Kanchibhotla Dies Of Coronavirus In New York, PM Modi Condoles His Death

“The situation in the country is akin to a ‘social emergency’; it has necessitated tough decisions and we must continue to remain vigilant. States, district administrations and experts have suggested extension of the lockdown to contain spread of the virus,” PM Modi said. Also Read - Coronavirus: PM Modi Addresses 1st All-Party Meet Today; Trinamool Attends Despite Initial Objection

Speaking to media soon after the meeting with PM Modi, BJD MP Pinaki Misra said that the PM has made it clear that the lockdown will not be lifted in one go on April 14. “PM Modi told us that pre-corona and post-corona life won’t be the same,” Misra said.

On the other hand, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the Central government may extend the lockdown beyond April 14 to combat coronavirus spread.

The development comes as PM Modi held a meeting with floor leaders of opposition and other parties in Parliament to discuss the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s efforts to contain the fast-spreading virus in the country.

PM Modi interacted with all party leaders through video conferencing and those participated, included Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha, and Nationalist Congress Party head Sharad Pawar.

During the meeting, a number of leaders raised the issue of shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers in the country while few also suggested that construction of the new parliament building should be avoided.

The meeting with the political party leaders comes amidst indications that the Central government may extend the lockdown across the country beyond April 14 after several states have favoured the extension to contain the spreading virus.