PM Modi interacts with CMs on Covid-19 situation, lockdown exit strategy

Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa attends PM's video conference on Covid-19

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa

Prime News, National, Health, Disease, New Delhi, April 27:- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a video conference with chief ministers to discuss the situation arising due to COVID-19 in the country, which is under a 50-day lockdown since March 25 to contain the pandemic, even as Meghalaya said it will continue with the shutdown post May 3 with relaxations in ‘Green Zones’ or non-COVID affected districts.

This is Modi’s fourth such interaction with state Chief Ministers since March 22 when he first spoke to them on the coronavirus situation and steps taken –both by the Centre and the states– to contain the pandemic. Two days later on March 24, Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown. He extended the lockdown till May 3 on April 14, the last day of the initial three week shutdown.

PM Modi said “Lockdown has yielded positive results, country has managed to save thousands of lives in the past 1.5 months. Our aim must be rapid response, need to follow mantra of ‘do gaz doori.’ Efforts of states should be directed towards converting the ‘red zones’ into orange and thereafter to green zones.”

PM Modi also said “We have to be brave and bring in reforms that touch the lives of common citizens. We have to give importance to the economy as well as continue the fight against COVID-19.”

He highlighted the importance for states to enforce guidelines strictly in the hotspots i.e., the red zone areas. He stated that the efforts of the states should be directed towards converting the red zones into orange and thereafter to green zones.

On the issue of getting back Indians who are overseas, he said that this has to be done keeping in mind the fact that they don’t get inconvenienced and their families are not under any risk. The Prime Minister also urged Chief Ministers to factor in the changes in weather – advent of summer and monsoon – and the illnesses that can potentially come in this season, while strategising ahead.

Among those present at the virtual meet, included Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and top officials from the PMO and Union Health Ministry.

The Chief Ministers who attended the meeting included B S Yediyurappa (Karnataka), Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala), Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra), E K Palaniswami (Tamil Nadu), Conard Sangma (Meghalaya) Trivendram Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand) and Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh).

“At the video conference called by the hon’ble PM Modiji and hon’ble Home Minister Shahji. We have mooted to continue with the lockdown post May 3rd with relaxation on activities in Green Zones or non-COVID affected districts in Meghalaya,” Sangma tweeted.

The Prime Minister was wearing a white ‘gamcha’ (Indian stole for men) with green border. He has been using ‘gamcha’ to cover his face during such meets. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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