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PM Modi-COVID-19 Meeting: We Need Focus on the Economy and Fight Coronavirus Together

Ritika Singh

The virtual conference, included Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and top officials from the PMO and Union Health Ministry.

As India enters final week of nation-wide lockdown 2.0, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video conference with chief ministers to discuss the situation arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The ministers also discussed on a graded exit from the on-going lockdown.

This was the fourth meeting between PM Narendra Modi and state chief ministers since the outbreak emerged.

Prime Minister said, “The country has witnessed two lockdowns till now, both different in certain aspects, and now we have to think of the way ahead.”

PM said, masks and "Do gaz doori (six feet apart)" would continue to be a way of life for times to come, adding everyone should ensure speedy response under the current situation.

He said that as per experts, “the impact of coronavirus will remain visible in the coming months.”

Those present at the virtual conference, included Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and top officials from the PMO and Union Health Ministry.

The chief ministers from Meghalaya, Mizoram, Puducherry, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Gujarat and Haryana spoke about the further strategies to combat the deadly coronavirus which killed has already claimed 900 lives in the country.

CM Meghalaya said that the state will continue with the lockdown post May 3 with relaxations in areas under 'Green' zone or NON-COVID districts.

According to ministry of health and welfare, the total number of coronavirus cases has reached 27,892 today.

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