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Will lockdown be extended after April 14? Here is what Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said

6/04/2020 at 9:50 PM

New Delhi, April 6: The Centre is monitoring the world situation every minute and a decision on extending the lockdown would be taken “in the national interest” and would be declared “at the right time”, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday after attending the cabinet meet, via video link.

An empowered group of officials was assessing the situation, he said avoiding the question on to whether the national lockdown to fight coronavirus will be extended beyond April 14 or not.

However, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao today appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend the 21-day national lockdown to check COVID-19 beyond April 14, saying it was essential to save the lives of people.

“My personal opinion is that lockdown has to continue longer. We need to save lives, later we can save the economy,” said Mr Rao.

Telangana has the fourth highest number of COVID-19 cases.

Similarly, a top official in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh said people may have to wait longer as the number of COVID-19 cases is rising.

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