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PM Modi Requests CMs To Submit State-specific COVID-19 Lockdown Strategy By May 15

In his fifth virtual meeting with chief ministers on Monday, May 11, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked them to come up with a plan to address various nuances during and after the gradual relaxation of the blockade in their respective states before May 15. He stressed that Need for a global approach to face the various challenges that will arise in the future. In mentioning that everyone had a reasonable indication of the geographical spread of COVID-19, the Prime Minister stressed that this would help to have a focused fight against the pandemic. In addition, he stated that the country would have to work to achieve two objectives: reduce the rate of transmission of the disease and gradually increase public activity.

The CMs give various suggestions

According to the prime minister, more efforts were needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 to rural areas. Noting that the world had changed dramatically after the outbreak of COVID-19, he opined that the new way of life would be based on the “Jan Se lekar Jag Tak” principle, from one individual to all of humanity. The prime minister noted that social distancing was the greatest weapon to fight the virus in the absence of a vaccine.

On this occasion, Chief Ministers appreciated Prime Minister Modi’s leadership and noted the need to strengthen the health infrastructure in India. The meeting discussed issues such as the mandatory quarantine of stranded Indians returning from abroad and the strict implementation of social distancing measures. The CMs sought support for MSMEs, infrastructure projects, easing of interest rates on loans and assured access to the market for agricultural products. Thanking the CM for their valuable suggestions, Prime Minister Modi expressed his confidence that the collective determination of the states will allow India to win the fight against COVID-19.

The Novel Coronavirus crisis

Currently, there are 67,152 confirmed cases of new coronaviruses in India, of which 20,917 patients have recovered, while 2206 casualties have been reported. At a press conference, Lav Aggarwal, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Health, mentioned that 4,213 new cases and 97 victims had been reported in the last 24 hours. After 1,559 people recovered in the same period, India’s COVID-19 recovery rate increased to 31.15%.

Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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