Coronavirus Lockdown: PM Modi to address nation at 8 pm today

12 May, 2020 | Priyanka Sharma

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the nation tonight at 8 pm. His address to the nation comes a day after his meeting with state chief ministers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm today. The official Twitter account of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) confirmed the development and tweeted that PM Modi will be addressing the nation at 8 pm this evening. PM Modi’s address to the nation comes a day after his 5th meeting with State Chief Ministers on lockdown extension and the way forward. Along with PM Modi and chief ministers, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, Home Minister Amit Shah and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan were also present in the meeting.

In the meeting held yesterday, PM Modi said that we have got a clear idea of the geographical spread of coronavirus in India till now. Officials have understood its operating procedure till the district level.  This information will now help the country to focus its strategy against coronavirus.

PM Modi underlined the two fold challenge that lies ahead of India in its fight against the deadly virus. He highlighted that the first challenge would be to reduce the transmission of the virus and second challenge would be to increase public activity gradually. The efforts will now be concentrated in achieving both these objectives along with stopping the spread of coronavirus to rural areas. Acknowledging the recommendation of CMs to open up the economy, he urged them to send in their recommendations on how they want to deal with the lockdown in their particular state.

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The total number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed 70,000 mark today. A spike of 3,604 new cases and 87 deaths has been reported in the last 24 hours. Of the 70,756 cases, there are 46,008 active cases, 22,454 cured/discharged/migrated and 2293 deaths.

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