India on April 12th, 2020 reported 8,356 people have contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease and 273 have died across the country, with over 900 cases and 34 deaths in the last 24 hours.
According to the Union Health ministry’s data at 8 am, 7367 active cases, 715 people have been cured, discharged or migrated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 11th, 2020 indicated to extend the 21-day lockdown across the country beyond April 14th, 2020.
Modi stressed that the new challenge was not only to save lives but livelihoods as well as he spoke with several Chief Ministers to discuss the lockdown ordered on March 25th,2020 to stop the arrest the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19.
The Prime Minister emphasized the criticality of coming 3-4 weeks for determining the impact of the steps taken till now to contain the virus, adding that teamwork is the key to facing the challenge.
He underlined that the motto of the government earlier was ‘jaan hai to jahaan hai’ [when you have life, you have the world] but now is ‘jaan bhi jahaan bhi’ [save life, and livelihood].
The Chief Ministers provided feedback about the COVID positive cases in their respective states, steps taken by then to maintain social distancing, ramp up healthcare infrastructure, mitigate difficulties of migrants and maintain the supply of essentials.
The Chief Ministers suggested that Lockdown should be extended by two weeks. They also sought financial and fiscal assistance from the Contre to boost their resources in this fight against the pandemic.
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