The Delhi government, a day before the lockdown is set to be eased in the country, announced the city will not lift any prohibitions as the number of coronavirus cases was on the rise. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the decision will be reviewed after a week. He repeatedly referred to the situation in European countries such as Italy, Spain and France in making a case for prohibitory measures, which have been in force in the city for nearly a month now.
Punjab also ruled out out any relaxation in the curfew in the state, except as needed to ensure free procurement of wheat, till May 3, when the situation will again be reviewed.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered strict enforcement of the curfew in all districts by the DCs, with no relaxation or concessions even during the Ramzan period beginning this week.
In Maharashtra, Pune and Thane were also declared containment zones, with boundaries sealed off.
On a linkedln post on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the coronavirus outbreak had significantly changed the contours of professional life and these days, home was the new office and internet the new meeting room.
“I have also been adapting to these changes. Most meetings, be it with ministerial colleagues, officials and world leaders, are now via video conferencing,” Modi said.
The need of the hour is to think of business and lifestyle models that are easily adaptable, the PM said. “Doing so, would mean that even in a time of crisis, our offices, businesses and commerce could get moving faster, ensuring loss of life does not occur,” he said.
Today, the world is in pursuit of new business models, PM Modi said, adding that India, a youthful nation known for its innovative zeal, can take the lead in providing a new work culture.