Indian PM Modi extends lockdown to May 3 as coronavirus cases cross 10,000
April 14, 2020 10:51 AM NPT
Daily wage labourers stand outside their quarters at a construction site where activity has been halted due to 21-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, India, April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
NEW DELHI, April 14: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended a nationwide lockdown until May 3 as the number of coronavirus cases crossed 10,000 despite a three-week shutdown.
Modi, in an address on national television on the world’s biggest shutdown, said the challenge was to stop the virus from spreading to new parts of the country.
“Till May 3, every Indian will have to stay in lockdown. I request all Indians that we stop the coronavirus from spreading to other areas,” he said.
The Indian PM spoke as the number of people infected with coronavirus reached 10,363, according to government data on Tuesday, of whom 339 have died.