Lockdown extension in India: Flights, Railways to remain suspended till May 3

Lockdown extension in India: Flights, Railways to remain suspended till May 3

Lockdown extension in India: Flights, Railways to remain suspended till May 3

India's economy, which was already growing at its slowest pace in six years before the onset of the coronavirus, is set to take a severe hit amid the lockdown, say economists, who warn that unemployment could rise to record levels.

Paying tributes to Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, on his birth anniversary today, the Prime Minister said, "I am well aware of the problems you have faced -some for food, some for movement from place to place, and others for staying away from homes and families".

CAIT's Delhi NCR unit Convener Sushil Kumar Jain said the traders' community "strongly supports" the Prime Minister's decision to continue the lockdown in the country.

PM Modi said the implementation of the lockdown will be strictly ensured in the coming days to ensure that the coronavirus does not spread to new areas.

Extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3 will inflict an economic loss of Dollars 234.4 billion, and result in stagnant GDP for calendar year 2020, a British brokerage said on Tuesday.The economic growth will be zero for calendar year 2020 and when seen from a fiscal year perspective, will rise 0.8 per cent in 2021, brokerage Barclays said in a note. Senior government officials said a meeting of COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee on Tuesday will make a fresh decision while taking into account the gravity of the situation at home and the measures which the Indian government will adopt. I respectfully bow to the people of India for their sacrifice. The number of positive COVID-19 cases in India breached the 10,000-mark on Tuesday, while the global count inched closer to two million.

Modi spent the first 12 minutes of the speech talking about the steps the government had taken to contain the pandemic, and thank Indians for abiding by the rules of the lockdown.

"You people have helped save the nation".

Follow the government's latest guidance on safeguarding yourself during the coronavirus pandemic, including travel advice within and outside the country.

"From having only one testing lab for Coronavirus in January, we now have more than 220 functional testing labs". We have over 1 lakh beds in India & over 600 hospitals for treating COVID patients.

Sixth to be compassionate towards the people who work in every individual business or industry. "They need relief material, essential commodities and financial assistance to sustain themselves", Mr Stalin said in a statement. Finally, he requested everyone to respect the services rendered by "corona warriors" such as doctors, policemen, safai karamcharis, etc.

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