States with no hotspots could be relaxed after April 20: PM Modi


New Delhi: States not allowing hotspots to increase could resume important activities but with certain conditions after April 20, said PM Modi during his address to the nation today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation today. He started his address to the nation by saying India is doing well to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

PM Modi also thanked those people who are on the frontline of the COVID-19 battle.

As widely expected, he announced the extension of lockdown till 3 May.

Till 20th April, all districts, localities, states will be closely monitored, as to how strictly they are implementing norms. States which will not let hotspots to increase, could be allowed to resume important activities, but with certain conditions, PM Modi said.

He further added that some relaxations may be allowed after April 20 in places where there is no hotspot.

However, several states such as Odisha, Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Punjab among others had already announced the extension of lockdown taking into account the rising number of cases in the respective States.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 10,363, according to the data provided by the health ministry. The death toll from coronavirus in India has risen to 339.

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