Covid-19: Government Considering Lockdown Extension After Requests From States, Experts: Sources
A man walks near the Municipal Corporation Building, left, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) during a lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)  

Covid-19: Government Considering Lockdown Extension After Requests From States, Experts: Sources

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A lot of state governments, as well as experts, are requesting the central government to extend the nationwide coronavirus lockdown beyond April 14, and the central government is thinking in this direction, government sources said on Tuesday.

However, sources did not indicate if a final decision has been taken on the matter. India is currently under the 21-day lockdown since March 25, with only essential services exempted, to contain the fast-spreading virus, which has claimed more than 75,800 lives and afflicted over 13.5 lakh people across 183 countries.

"A lot of state governments, as well as experts, are requesting Central Government to extend the lockdown. The Central government is thinking in this direction," a source said. The development comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked countrymen to be ready for a long battle against the coronavirus pandemic, and exhorted people to not feel tired or defeated while and expressing confidence the country will emerge victorious in its fight.

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