Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation tomorrow morning at 10 am on the Covid-19 lockdown, after requests from states to extend it. PM Modi is likely to announce the extension of the ongoing nationwide lockdown and exemptions, if any, during the address.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
While some CMs have advised the PM to extend it "at least for the rest of April", some have advocated "caution", in case he decides against extending it.Twitter/Screengrab

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) took to Twitter to announce, "Prime Minister @narendramodi will address the nation at 10 a.m. on 14th April 2020."

Delhi CM jumps gun on shutdown extension

Earlier on April 11, Delhi Cheif Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Twitter about PM Modi's decision to extend the lockdown beyond April 14. Taking to Twiter, Kejriwal said if the lockdown is taken away all gains would be lost as the country fights coronavirus.

"PM has taken the correct decision to extend the lockdown. Today, India's position is better than many developed countries because we started lockdown early. If it is stopped now, all gains would be lost. To consolidate, it is important to extend it," Kejriwal tweeted.

There were indications that the Prime Minister's Office is contemplating a graded lifting of lockdown measures, and marking districts into red, yellow and green zones, based on the intensity of the Covid 19 infection.

Government sources say, areas under yellow and green zones may get some exemptions. Moreover, the government is considering giving more reprieve to the agricultural sector, in the face of an extension of the current shutdown.

Sources indicated that at least ten Chief ministers "strongly advocated" an extension of the ongoing shutdown during the CM Conference, recently held through video conference. While some Chief Ministers have advised the Prime Minister to extend it "at least for the rest of April", some have advocated "caution", in case he decides against extending it.

On Friday, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, during a Facebook address to the ABVP cadre in the JNU, gave the clearest indication of the extended shutdown. "A few states have extended the shutdown because measures such as this are the only ways we can win the battle. If we have to get ready for another 15 days, we will need new volunteers."

The current shutdown ends on the night of April 14, and Prime Minister Modi will address the nation on Tuesday to convey what's in store for them.

(With agency inputs)