In a move that would put an end to all speculations related to the lockdown extension amid the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the nation at 10 am on April 14—the last day of the 21-day countrywide lockdown announced by him on March 24.
Ever since the prime minister’s meeting with the chief ministers on April 11, there have been speculations and anticipation that the Centre would extend the lockdown as fresh cases of the virus are pouring in from various parts of India.
In a tweet on Monday afternoon, the PMO Twitter handle announced that PM Modi will address the nation at 10 am on Tuesday.
Prime Minister @narendramodi will address the nation at 10 AM on 14th April 2020.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 13, 2020
India was put on a 21-day lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus on March 25. The announcement of complete lockdown was made by PM Modi on March 24 that resulted in a panic among citizens and large scale exodus of migrant workers.
As the lockdown nears an end, several states grappling with the coronavirus crisis have demanded that the Centre should extend the lockdown despite all the hardships. The states sought an extension of the lockdown till April 30 in a meeting on Saturday with PM Modi.
Several states such as Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and others have already extended the lockdown till April 30.
Soon after Saturday’s meeting, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal created a flutter when he said that PM Modi has agreed to extend the lockdown till April 30.
According to the Union Health Ministry, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has touched the 9,152 till 8 am on Monday, whereas 308 people have succumbed to the deadly viral infection.