LOCKDOWN .. Staggered relaxation of controls after April 14, PM tells CMs at video-conference

NEW DELHI: In the first direct hint to the nation that the present three-week lockdown will not be extended wholesale, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday advised states to ensure that there is only staggered relaxation of controls – not flooding of streets — after April 14. For some more time, business can’t be as usual, the PM stressed. “Social distancing”, the PM asserted, was important.
In a video-conference with chief ministers, the PM sought their continued cooperation to see the Covid phase through. He urged them to send him suggestions vis-à-vis an exit strategy for the nation to emerge from the current spell of shutdown. The lockdown came into being on March 24. 
Health Secretary Preeti Sudan
Meanwhile, the death toll from the Covid virus in India rose to 50 on Thursday, and infections close to 2,000. The PM also stressed the need ascertain and immobilize all those who had participated an international Tabliqui meet at a mosque in Nizamuddin in March and returned to their homes across states..
Sitting through the video conference alongside the PM were Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Defence minister Rajnath Singh and Home minister Amit Shah as also some bureaucrats including Union Health Secretary.
Meanwhile, railways as also airlines have started taking booking from April 15, apparently after getting nod from the government to do so after the end of the present lockdown. IHN-NN
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