In his nationwide address this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of India’s lockdown period until May 3. The initial 21-day lockdown was due to end today.

As of now, India has reported 8,988 active cases, 1,035 cured and 339 deaths due to Covid-19.

The decision to extend the duration was taken in accordance with the recommendations by Chief Ministers of all Indian states.

However, PM Modi also stated that April 20 onwards, conditional withdrawals will be allowed in certain areas where the situation is in control — this will only be permitted after an extensive scanning and scrutiny of the space.

In his speech, the prime minister also set out seven guidelines that he wants India’s citizens to follow during the lockdown period:

  • Take extensive care of the elderly
  • Strictly adhere to the norms of lockdown and social distancing
  • Follow guidelines issued by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) to increase immunity
  • Download Aarogya Setu, a mobile application developed by the Government of India to connect essential health services with the people of India in our combined fight against Covid-19
  • Help the poor and underprivileged sections of the society
  • Be sensitive towards the employees of the organisation
  • Honour and respect corona warriors including doctors, nurses, cleaners and police among others

PM Modi’s address to the nation can be viewed here: