This is for a second time that the prime minister is interacting with the chief ministers via video link after the lockdown was imposed. During his April 2 interaction with chief ministers, Modi had pitched for a "staggered" exit from the ongoing lockdown.
With 40 deaths and 1,035 new Covid-19
cases in the last 24 hours, India on Saturday witnessed the sharpest ever increase in coronavirus
cases, taking the tally of the infected people in the country to 7,447, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting via video-conferencing with the Chief Ministers over #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/yd6mdCzukr
— ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2020
According to official data, out of the 7,447 Covid-19 positive cases, 6,565 are active cases, 643 have been cured, discharged and migrated and 239 have succumbed to the virus.
Addressing floor leaders of various parties who have representation in Parliament, Modi had on Wednesday made it clear that the lockdown cannot be lifted in one go, asserting that the priority of his government is to "save each and every life".
According to an official statement after the Wednesday interaction, the prime minister told these leaders that states, district administrations and experts have suggested extension of the lockdown to contain the spread of the virus.
Before the lockdown was announced on March 24, the prime minister had interacted with the chief ministers on March 20 to discuss ways and means to check the spread of the novel coronavirus.