‘Coronavirus lockdown controlled spread, time to give importance to economy’: PM Narendra Modi

ST STAFF
Monday, 27 April 2020

“We saw a two-stage lockdown, with strict measures in the first phase and then some relaxations in the second. Good work has been done in the states,” PM Modi in a video conference said.

As India enters final week of the coronavirus lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday conveyed to chief ministers via video conference that the country will have to give importance to the economy as well as to continue the fight against the pandemic that has crippled the world.

PM Modi said joint efforts of states have assisted in managing the ongoing coronavirus crisis and added that thousands of lives had been saved due to the lockdown in the past five weeks.

“We saw a two-stage lockdown, with strict measures in the first phase and then some relaxations in the second. Good work has been done in the states,” PM Modi in a video conference said.

The PM added, “Efforts of states should now be directed towards converting the red zones into orange and thereafter to green zones. We have to be brave and bring in reforms that touch the lives of common citizens.”

 

 

In the video conference, he also highlighted the position of usage of technology as much as possible and also to use the time to embrace reform actions.

Commenting on the safety during the coronavirus pandemic, PM Modi said that impact of coronavirus would remain visible in the coming months, masks and face covers will be part of our life.

On the point of social distancing, he explained, “For a long time now, COVID-19 has become a part of our lives. Considering the threat that it poses we shouldn’t compromise on one thing: that is maintaining social distance. This should be made into a mantra for all- ‘do gaj doori’. We have to keep spreading this message and should be a life lesson for all. In the same way, masks or face covers should become a major part of our lives.”

Among those present at the virtual meet, included Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and top officials from the PMO and the Union Health Ministry.

The Chief Ministers who attended the meeting included Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra), EK Palaniswami (Tamil Nadu), Conard Sangma (Meghalaya) Trivendram Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand) and Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh).

Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases has hit the toll over 27,892.

(with inputs from PTI)

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