SINGAPORE – JUNE 02: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the orchid naming ceremony at the National Orchid Gardens on June 2, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
A man wearing heart-shaped glasses with his face covered amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, carries a sack of vegetables near a market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Chennai on April 11, 2020. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)
A Kashmiri boy walks wearing protective mask past an Indian paramilitary soldier during lockdown to control the spread of the new coronavirus in Srinagar, Saturday, April 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Health workers arrive for COVID-19 tests in Guwahati, Assam, India on Saturday, April 11, 2020. (Photo by David Talukdar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A Kashmiri girl sits with books outside her home inside a narrow alley in Srinagar, Saturday, April 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
A man wearing heart-shaped glasses with his face covered amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, stands at market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Chennai on April 11, 2020. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)
A young boy wearing a protective mask – transports vegetables and other groceries, as India remains under an unprecedented lockdown over the highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 11,2020 in Howrah ,West Bengal, India. (Photo by Debajyoti Chakraborty/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
An Indian woman pleads in front of a policeman to let her pass a check point hoping to walk to their home with her family, a few hundred kilometers away, as the city came under lockdown in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Daily wage workers and homeless people eat food inside a government-run night shelter during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the old quarters of Delhi, India, March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
A Kashmiri man rides a bicycle through a deserted road during a lockdown in Srinagar, India, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
A man carries a gas cylinder as he waits to purchase cooking gas after India ordered a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
People wait in a queue to purchase cooking gas after India ordered a 21- day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India ,March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
A migrant worker carries his son as they walk along a road to return to their village, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, India, March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
A migrant worker eats food offered by the local residents on a highway as he and others are returning to their villages, after India ordered a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A laboratory technician places a tag on a box containing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing kits at a sample collection centre in Ahmedabad, India March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave
(Bloomberg) — India is set to extend its 21-day nationwide lockdown until April 30 to allow authorities and health workers more time to control the growing spread of coronavirus infections.
Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Twitter Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who was meeting with state leaders via video conference on Saturday — made the right decision to extend the lockdown, which had been due to end on April 14. There has been no formal announcement on the extension from the government.
India has adequate supplies of essential medicines and the government was taking measures to ensure protective gear and critical equipment was available for all front-line workers, Modi said in a statement Saturday. The next three-to-four weeks are critical for determining the impact of the steps taken to contain the virus, Modi told the state chief ministers. There seems to be a consensus on an extension of lockdown by another two weeks, he said, according to the statement
The country’s three-week lockdown began on March 25. Modi has described the pandemic as a “social emergency” as infections continue to surge, with the Ministry of Health saying there were 1,035 new infections added overnight Friday. Cases now sit at 7,600 with 249 deaths according to data collected by the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University.
Some Indian states have already either extended the lockdown or marked out hundreds of high risk zones where even tighter curbs have been put in place. In Maharashtra — home to India’s financial capital Mumbai and at 1,574, the most infections in the country — the lockdown was extended until at least the end of the month, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said Saturday.
Restrictions can be relaxed in some paces and tightened in others after the current 21-day lockdown ends on April 14, Thackeray said, without providing details.
The extension was necessary because the chain of transmission had not yet been broken, said Suresh Kumar Rathi, an epidemiologist and associate professor at the Public Health Foundation of India.
“The extended lockdown should be implemented with tighter restrictions — it should be a curfew-like situation,” Rathi said. “First we need to survive. The economy and other things will come later.”
Authorities have sealed settlements, lanes and apartment complexes in the financial capital of Mumbai, as well as in Delhi and the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh, allowing in only medical services, surveillance workers and those delivering food and other essential items. Officials have said the pandemic is now largely concentrated in 78 districts across the nation.
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(Pictured) A lone taxi drives over a typically gridlocked highway, with the Burj Khalifa in the backdrop, in Dubai, UAE, on April 6.
Residents write the words “Stay home” with their mobile phones as they stand on the balconies of their apartment block in Brussels, Belgium, on April 5.
Daily wage workers rest after receiving food supplies provided by a municipality, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on April 6.
A stranded American couple salute as they arrive at the international airport to board a special repatriation flight back to U.S., in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 5.
Chef Colin Fassnidge poses in his lounge room alongside his daughters, prior to filming his cookery show in Sydney on April 4. Fassnidge is posting online cooking videos on social media, providing recipes and cooking tips to help Australians stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A volunteer distributes food to the homeless, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 5.
A Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP)’s anti-riot water cannon sprays disinfectant at a deserted open market in Hatcliffe township, in Harare on April 4.
Two girls enjoy the beautiful weather on the balcony of their home in Sassenheim, Netherlands, on April 4.
A police Special Task Force personnel stands guard at a checkpoint in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 3.
Family members play their instruments to perform the song “Aleluya” on their balcony in support of the medical staff in Barcelona, Spain, on April 5.
A migrant worker from Myanmar uses her phone as she works in an elephant camp, which is closed to tourists due to the nationwide lockdown, in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, on April 3.
A 76-year-old artist works on a painting at his home studio in Pine Bush, New York, U.S., on April 5.
Women gather to receive food aid in Abuja, Nigeria, on April 3.
A woman lights candles to mark the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Mumbai, India, on April 5.
A 5-year-old girl watches Queen Elizabeth II’s address to the nation, which is a special broadcast to the U.K. and the Commonwealth in relation to the coronavirus outbreak, in Ariccia, Italy, on April 5.
A few customers are seen at the Kaveza modern market as only essential shops are open during the lockdown, in Kigali, Rwanda, on April 1.
Teddy bears and other soft toys sit inside windows on the Lower North Shore district as part of a worldwide “bear hunt” to entertain children during the lockdown, in Sydney, Australia, on April 5.
Catholic faithfuls attend a mass via online live streaming of Palm Sunday, in Manila, Philippines, on April 5.
A man enjoys the sun on his balcony in Toulouse, France, on April 4.
An elderly woman tries protective glasses sent by her son to protect her during the coronavirus pandemic, in Ostrowiec, Poland, on April 4.
A music band’s members perform at the balcony and roof of their home in Izmir, Turkey, on April 4.
A man is seen working from his home kitchen in Turin, Italy, on April 2.
Sisters Nina and Ivy Goodall take an online zumba lesson at their home in Auckland, New Zealand, on April 2.
A boy plays on a mobile phone sitting on a window sill of his house in Mumbai, India, on April 1.
A girl jumps rope on the roof of a building in Mexico City, Mexico, on March 31, after her school canceled classes to contain the spread of coronavirus.
An elderly woman connects with her loved one through a video-calling app, in Châtelet, Belgium, on March 30.
Members of a flat-sharing community watch a movie at their living room, in Dortmund, Germany, on March 27.
A musician plays an instrument for neighbors from his balcony in Budapest, Hungary, on March 22.
A banner stating “Everything will be fine” is placed on a balcony in Garbatella district in Rome, Italy, on March 22.
Residents clap and bang utensils from their balcony to cheer for emergency personnel and sanitation workers in Ahmedabad, India, on March 22.
Two young boys talk to their grandmother through a window as both their grandparents self-isolate themselves at their home in Knutsford, England, on March 22.
A couple sits in the 5th floor apartment window on a sunny spring day in downtown Warsaw, Poland, on March 22.
A man plays Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” on his trumpet from a balcony in Munich, Germany, on March 22.
A woman standing on the balcony reaches out to catch a rose delivered to her via a drone on Mother’s day, in Beirut, Lebanon, on March 21.
DJ Francesco Cellini holds his tablet and phone as he plays for his neighbors from the rooftop terrace of his apartment building in Rome on March 21.
A man installs a banner on his balcony with the words “Support for caregivers” in Paris, France, on March 21.
Paper sheets reading “Everything will go well” in Italian are displayed on a window in Brussels, Belgium, on March 21.
Spanish director Isabel Coixet is seen giving a talk about cinema industry as part of the ‘#NuestroCineNosUne initiative raised by the Spanish Cinema Academy, in Madrid, Spain, on March 21.
Women dance to a song in their balcony, as radio stations across the country play music for a flash mob to raise spirits, in Rome on March 20.
A couple connects with friends and family using Zoom at the end of their first Friday working from home in New York City, New York, U.S., on March 20.
Dancer Anika Bendel practices in her apartment in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 20. She is a production manager of a dance project that trains children and elderly people.
A family prays at home after Friday prayers were suspended in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, on March 20.
A mother with her two sons speak with their grandparents through FaceTime in Paris on March 20.
Two girls practice a dance they made up in their backyard at the end of their first week of home school in New York City on March 20.
Leanne Francis, first grade teacher at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, conducts an online class from her living room in San Francisco, California, U.S., on March 20.
A mother and daughter perform artwork in Claira, France, on March 20.
Anna Polackova and Alex Polachov, owners of a Czech traveling family circus, sit in their trailer in Riga, Latvia, on March 19.
Spanish blues singer Beatriz Berodia sings from her balcony during a daily evening concert to support health workers and to make it easier for her neighbors to bear the lockdown in Madrid on March 19.
After the closure of schools, a boy does his schoolwork at home in San Anselmo, California, on March 18.
French yoga teacher Nadege Lanvin does a live broadcast of her yoga lesson in Paris on March 18.
A family watches Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa address the nation over the COVID-19 situation, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on March 17.
A mother and her daughter receive an online dance lesson by Takujiro Hanayagi, a Japanese traditional dancer, at their home in Tokyo, Japan, on March 17.
A woman wearing a face mask reads a book in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 16.
A brother and sister do their school work at home in Laveen, Arizona, U.S., on March 16.
Hagit Bustan holds a video call with her grandmother Ester Wienrib, an Israeli Holocaust survivor who recently celebrated her 97th birthday away from her family due to coronavirus precautions, in Hulda, Israel, on March 15.
A woman washes the hands of her husband at their home in San Fiorano, Italy, on March 15.
A girl watches an online lecture after her private school closed for five weeks in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on March 12.
A two-year-old girl looks at a hen through a window in San Fiorano on March 12.
A young boy pats his family dog while watching an exercise video made by teachers at Northshore Middle School, which has moved to online-only schooling for two weeks, in Bothell, Washington, U.S., on March 11.
A family eats dinner, as a TV broadcasts news on the coronavirus, at their home in Shanghai, China, on Feb. 20.