The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be interacting with the Chief Ministers via video-conference which is scheduled on 3 pm on Monday in order to make decisions and to seeks their view on how to go ahead with the easing of restrictions after the COVID-19 which is predicted to peak in another four to six weeks which has resulted in the plunging of the economy. Since the last conference call, the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has drastically increased to 65,000 cases from 28,000 which was in April 27th.
According to sources, the lockdown is likely to be extended while relaxations will be eased in some areas. Some areas will reopen cautiously and restart activities by allowing limited staff members to work on the basis of shifts with an aim to revive the plunging economy of the country as a result of the COVID-19 which has resulted in the closure of industries and companies so as to contain and curb the spread of the outbreak.
The conference call will focus on the measures that can be taken to convert the red zones into green or orange zones. According to the Union Health Ministry, the country has 130 districts as red zones, 284 in the orange zone and 319 in green zone in a total of 733 districts. The issues of the means of travel which should transport the migrant workers back to their respective homes will also be discussed in the conference meeting. Issues related to the permission to allow more economic activities in non-hotspots, financial resources to back small businesses and the vulnerable, and additional supply of testing kits, ventilators and personal protective equipment will also be discussed.
– Christo Freddy, NMTV News