Amid lockdown, the nation waits for Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is expected to address the nation today at 8 pm, amid speculations about lockdown 4.0. PM Modi’s address comes a day after his meeting with chief ministers over the Covid-19-induced lockdown. Taking to social media, the prime minister’s office confirmed, “PM Modi will be addressing the nation at 8 PM this evening.”
This will be the Prime Minister’s fourth special address to the nation in the last two months. PM has been continuously interacting with each zone CM via video conferencing, to check on their state current stage they are in, and discuss steps that can be taken to solve the pandemic.
The Prime Minister first addressed the nation on March 18 and appealed to the people to observe ‘Janata Curfew‘ between 9 am to 9 pm on March 22. On March 24, he announced the 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 and then on April 14 he announced extending it for another 19 days till May 3. However, the government later announced the extension of the lockdown for two more weeks on May 1. India is in the third phase of lockdown which will end on May 17.
On Monday, PM Modi held a video conference meeting with Chief Ministers of all states to discuss the road ahead in India’s fight against the novel coronavirus. He said the need was to reduce the transmission rate of Covid-19 and to increase public activity gradually while adhering to all the guidelines.