PM Modi, on Monday, held a video conference with the Chief Ministers of different States. Except for Meghalaya and HP, almost all other states have expressed their willingness to lift the COVID-19 Lockdown.
While all chief ministers were present at the meeting, the fourth between PM Modi and the CMs on the coronavirus pandemic since March 20, nine of them got to speak due to time constraints. The other Chief Ministers who could not place their viewpoints during the video call were asked to send their points in writing.
The first CM who kept his viewpoints during the video call with PM Modi said that Meghalaya wants to continue with lockdown beyond 3rd May with full restrictions. They will not allow any inter-state and inter-district movement. However, they will allow only essential and emergency services across the state and within the state.
The CM of Mizoram reveals that they have become very religious and they will wisely follow what the Centre decides. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that the state government is now in a position to start economic activities. “However, lockdown should continue considering the issue with other states as well.”
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan had said on Sunday that there were 300 disease-free districts in the country and another 297 districts did not have any hotspots or small areas having more than five cases. He had said that only 127 districts in the country have Covid-19 red zones.
The Union health minister had said this indicated that the disease has been contained largely to hotspots.
On Saturday, cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba held a meeting with state chief secretaries, in which he indicated that there is a need to focus on containment, even while relaxing restrictions further, hinting at the Centre’s broad strategy after the lockdown.
*The reference of this news is taken from LiveMint where the facts and the figure remain the same.