NEW DELHI: For the last seven days, doubling rate has been 6.2 days. Before lockdown, doubling rate was 3 days. And in 19 states and Union territories doubling rate has been less than national average, informed Luv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, said during a media briefing.
Prime Minister Modi urged people to follow lockdown measures until May 3.
“Friends, keeping all the suggestions in mind, it has been decided that the lockdown in India will have to be extended till 3rd May. That means until 3rd May, each and every one of us, will have to remain in the lockdown. During this time, we must continue maintaining discipline in the way we have been doing till now,” he said during his address to the nation at 10 am.
“Therefore, we have to be very vigilant about hot-spots. We will have to keep a close and strict watch on the places which run the risk of becoming hot-spots. The creation of new hot-spots will further challenge our hard work and penance. Hence, let us extend the strictness and austerity in the fight against Corona for the upcoming one week,” he added.
The lockdown was about to end on April 14.