Modi addresses nation, announces extension of lockdown till May 3

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 will be extended to May 3.

In his address to the nation, wwhile admitting that the nation might have paid a big economic price for the lockdown, he said that “there can be no alternative to saving human lives”.

The lockdown, that came into effect on March 25, was to expire on midnight tonight. “From the economic angle, we have paid a big price,” Modi said in a nationwide address. “But the lives of the people of India are far more valuable.”

“I know how many difficulties you faced. I respectfully bow to the people of India for their sacrifice,” he said.

He said India has successfully avoided coronavirus damage with the cooperation of people. He said people are acting like soliders.

Stating that India is far better in combating coronavirus when compared to other contries, Modi also said people have gone through hardships to save India.