With the current lockdown for 21 days in India, the death toll is still mounting the charts. The Narendra Modi-led government may prolong the lockdown beyond April 14 as the death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 111 and the number of infections climbed to 4,281, registering a record jump of 704 cases in 24 hours. Conspicuously, many states have enticed to the Centre to extend the ongoing lockdown.
According to the health ministry, Maharashtra has reported the most coronavirus deaths at 45, followed by Gujarat (12), Madhya Pradesh (9), Telangana (7), Delhi (7), Punjab (6) and Tamil Nadu (5).
Karnataka has testified four deaths, while West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have recorded three mortalities each. Two deaths each have been reported from Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala. Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana have reported a fatality each, according to the data.
While Cabinet Secretary Rajeev Gauba had a week ago repudiated that there were any plans to extend the lockdown, several states have written to the Centre saying that the restrictions must continue. On Monday evening, Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao openly urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend the lockdown, saying lives are more important that the economy.
While India’s arc is flatter than the one seen early on in the United States, it has been severer than Asian peers like Singapore and Japan. Seeing the current outspread and death toll, we would request the present government to extend the lockdown until a nationwide solution is retained and retrieved.