India to extend COVID-19 lockdown for two weeks

11 April 2020, New Delhi

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to extend the world’s biggest pandemic lockdown for two weeks.

State ministers said so after talks with the prime minister on Saturday on the growing fallout in the country.
The three-week lockdown is due to end Tuesday.

But with the death toll rising, several chief ministers from India’s 29 states and territories have been pressing Modi to prolong restrictions for the 1.3 billion population, APF reported.

Two states – Odisha and Punjab – have already extended the lockdown by around two weeks, but critics say a nationwide lockdown is needed to stop people moving between states and potentially taking the virus with them.

(With inputs from agencies)

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