No plan to increase 21 days lockdown : Cabinet Secretary

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New Delhi, March 30, 2020: After several reports on social media and discussions on news channels about possibilities of extension of the 21 days lockdown due to Coronavirus, the central government today denied it.


“There are rumours & media reports, claiming that the Government will extend the #Lockdown21 when it expires. The Cabinet Secretary has denied these reports, and stated that they are baseless”, stated a tweet from Central Government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB).


“In the view of the current situation, the nationwide complete lockdown will be in place for 21 days – 3 weeks 21 years. Social distancing is the only option to stay safe and to stop #Coronavirus – stay at a distance from each other and stay inside your houses. If we are not able to manage the upcoming 21 days (of nationwide complete lockdown), we will be pushed back 21 years”, Prime Minister Narendra announced in his address to the nation on March 24 night. The lockdown came into effect from March 25 and will continue till April 14.


He further said that lockdown of 21 days is a long time, but this is important for you and your family’s safety. You have to remember that a Coronavirus infected person initially appears to be normal and doesn’t show symptoms. So maintain precautions and stay at home.


“I believe that every Indian will not only successfully tackle this challenge but also emerge victorious in this time of crisis. While staying at home, remember and pray for people who are working while putting their lives at risk. Remember the doctors, nurses, paramedics, pathologists who are working day and night to save lives, hospital administration, ambulance drivers, ward boys, serving others in these tough times.


Pray for people who are working to sanitise your society & neigbourhoods, roads and public places to ensure complete eradication of the virus. You must also think about the media persons who are working 24 hours, by staying on roads & going to hospitals, to give you correct information.


Think about the police personnel who are on their duty, day and night – without thinking about their own family, to protect you and your family. They also face the anger of some people sometimes.”

He asked people to remain in their homes during lockdown period.