Indian government says lockdown won’t be extended beyond 21 days

  • Indian government has denied all claims of extending the lockdown.
  • This comes after government run- Prasar Bharti News Services flagged a report by The Print calling it fake news.
  • The Print reported a potential increase in the extension period of the nationwide lockdown by a week, citing unnamed official sources.

The Press Information Bureau, the nodal agency of the Government of India, categorically denied all reports that the 21-day lockdown will be extended beyond April 15.

The first to flag off a report by The Print which suggested an extension was the government run- Prasar Bharti News Services. The Print report said that there could be a potential increase in the extension period of the nationwide lockdown by a week, citing unnamed official sources. After that, several government handles tweeted that there would be no extension.



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PM Narendra Modi on March 24 announced a 3-week nationwide lockdown to contain Coronavirus. He said, “If we do not adhere to the 21 day lockdown, the next 21 years will be affected. And many families will be destroyed.”

Previously, Modi announced a voluntary “Janata Curfew” on March 22.

While most of the cities wore a deserted look , thousands of migrants in New Delhi were seen rushing to the Uttar Pradesh border in hopes of getting home. With cases growing day by day, pictures of crowded Anand Vihar Bus Terminal sent chills down one’s spine.

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The lockdown has shut doors of thousands of businesses running across the country which are non-essential. Only selected services including grocery stores, pharmacy and milk shops are permitted to remain open.

So far (March 30), India reported 1024 coronavirus cases. Out of which, 96 patients have recovered and 27 died. Delhi alone reported 23 new cases, taking the total number of cases to 72.

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