The latest figures from the Union Health Ministry take the takes the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country past the 4,000-mark, to 4,067 cases.
On Sunday night, millions switched off lights and lit diyas (earthen lamps) and candles, burst firecrackers, chanted slogans and shouted and cheered from their balconies, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to “challenge the darkness spread by the coronavirus crisis”.
I state it with full responsibility that this is a long war against #CoronavirusPandemic. But we do not have to get tired or take a rest in this war. We have to emerge victorious. Today, the country has only one goal & one resolve – to win this war: PM Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/QwQFOC8SnJ
— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2020
On Sunday the PM Modi spoke to two former Presidents and Prime Ministers and all senior opposition leaders, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The phone calls came roughly two weeks after he ordered a three-week “total lockdown” to control the spread of the virus – a lockdown criticised by the opposition who had not been consulted on the matter. Sources said the calls were part of an outreach on the lifting of the lockdown.