Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed on the need to exercise more caution as the economy opens up. In his monthly address “Mann ki Baat” today, the Prime Minister said, “A large part of the economy has opened up and it is time to be more careful”.
The Centre has extended the nationwide lockdown till June 30 with a phased plan for unlocking the country. All activities banned earlier will open up in phases, the home ministry said in the new guidelines announced yesterday, a day before the current phase of lockdown was scheduled to end.
While markets have opened and transport — rail, road ad air — have restarted in a limited fashion, from June 8, malls, hotels, restaurants and places of worship can open, except in areas with the most number of coronavirus cases.
“The last time I spoke, passenger, air travel were shut. Now all due restrictions have been lifted. “We should not be careless in our fight against coronavirus. We have to continue to follow social distancing and other protocols more sincerely now,” the Prime Minister said.
India, he said, faced lot of challenges. “Yet, we have been able to keep coronavirus in check compared to other countries with lesser populations”.
India has reached the ninth position in the list of top 10 coronavirus affected nations during the 60-day lockdown. Data from the Union Health Ministry this morning showed that the country has nearly 1.82 lakh cases, following a record jump of 8,380 new patients over the last 24 hours.