Coronavirus Outbreak: Government may extend the lockdown beyond April 14

The Centre is looking at extending the lockdown beyond April 14 after many state governments and health experts suggested such a course of action as the Coronavirus threat is still looming large.

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An extension of about two weeks until April-end is under consideration. The government wishes to hold on to the lockdown.

Most big states like UP, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Rajasthan want this as the cases have been on the rise over the last week. Nearly 300 districts have confirmed at least one positive case until now. 

Major urban centres such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad, are the ones worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These hotspots would still remain under a lockdown even if partial relief is given to other areas. 

The Prime Minister is in consultation with the CMs and will take the final decision in a few days.