India extends lockdown by two weeks

India has extended the lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic by two weeks, local media report.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to extend the lockdown after holding a four-hour meet with chief ministers of at least 13 states on video conference today. The lockdown was scheduled to end on 14 April.

“PM has taken correct decision to extend lockdown. Today, India’s position is better than many developed countries because we started lockdown early. If it is stopped now, all gains would be lost. To consolidate, it is imp to extend it,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted minutes after the meeting.

The reports say that most chief ministers who attended the meeting pointed out that they may not have the massive resources needed to deal with a spike in Covid-19 cases if the lockdown is lifted.

PM Modi is likely to give a televised address to the nation again to announce the lockdown extension.