Third time’s the charm?
The rate was almost 7% on Saturday before tapering off to 6.06% on Sunday, nearly the same as on Friday — ever since India’s recorded its first 100 cases. Many state governments, too, have demanded an extension to the ongoing Lockdown 2.0 to beyond May 3.Agencies
PM Modi will hold his third video conference with chief ministers today. Six states, including Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Punjab, and Odisha, have advocated extending the lockdown with Maharashtra likely to extend the lockdown in Mumbai and Pune till June.Agencies
The conundrum on whether to go in for Lockdown 3.0 or not comes even as the growth curve in the Covid-19 cases is said to be flattening, with the Centre claiming that had it not gone in for a lockdown, India’s cases would have been over 2 lakh by now, higher than Italy’s.Getty Images
States like Maharashtra and Gujarat which have the highest and second-highest cases and deaths, respectively, don’t seem to be getting much respite, though Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope indicated that any extension of Lockdown 2.0 may be limited to containment zones.PTI
States are still wary of acting on the Union home ministry’s directive that stand-alone shops selling non-essential goods may open in non-containment or non-hotspot zones. While Maharashtra has understandably refused to allow neighbourhood stand-alone shops to open until the situation was under control, even the BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh, has refused to abide by the home ministry’s directive. Some states, like Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka, have said they will follow the Centre’s orders on the lockdown, others, such as Assam, Kerala and Bihar are likely to take a decision after today’s video call with Modi. Telangana, which has recorded 991 cases with 26 deaths, has, however, already made a move by extending Lockdown 2.0 till May 7.