A report had claimed that the government was debating extending the lockdown, alarmed over the mass exodus of migrants trying to reach home, desperate for food and shelter. “Rumours and media reports” claiming that the 21-day lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19 would be extended are “baseless”, the government asserted on Monday.
“There are rumours and media reports, claiming that the Government will extend the #Lockdown21 when it expires. The Cabinet Secretary has denied these reports, and stated that they are baseless,” tweeted the Press Information Bureau, the government’s media body, with the hashtag #PIBFactCheck. State-run broadcaster Prasar Bharti called it “fake news”.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba had also denied the report this morning. “”I’m surprised to see such reports, there is no such plan of extending the lockdown,”.
The lockdown will end on April 14.