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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with chief ministers of all states Saturday to decide a nationwide extension of the lockdown beyond April 14 to check the spread of COVID-19.

But several states appear to be in favor of prolonging the lockdown as the number of patients continue to increase.

Modi interacted with leaders of various political parties in parliament through video conference April 8 and indicated the country should be ready for an extension.

He stressed the situation was akin to a “social emergency” and said several state governments, district administrations and experts have asked for an extension.
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Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown March 24, giving the country less than four hours before it took effect. Malls, markets, restaurants, cinema houses and public transport have remained shut.

Almost 17 days later, the health ministry said the country had 6,761 coronavirus cases and more than 200 deaths up to Friday. The virus has reached faraway places and infecting those who have no travel history.

The majority of the state governments want the lockdown extended, except Karnataka and Assam that want to open districts where there have been no cases of the virus.

Many believe the lockdown should be opened in a phased manner, however, there are very few who are of the view that lockdown should be opened for the sake of the economy.

India is the sixth-largest economy in the world but is classified as a developing country.

India Lockdown Extension News
To fight this virus, the government announced financial assistance of $22.6 billion for poor and migrant workers, including free food grains and cash transfers to different segments, and $2 billion to improve the health system. That is just 0.8% of the country’s GDP.

The government does not have the money to fight the virus or to help the industries and the move is because it is concerned about workers because they are the most affected.

The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) admitted in its survey that 80% of industries are shut due to the lockdown, which will have a direct impact on jobs.

If the lockdown is extended, more jobs will be lost and the government will have to announce a package for the middle class in coming days.

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