PM Modi to address nation at 8pm, govt hints at easing lockdown

An indication of the lockdown would gradually be eased came when the Indian Railways opened bookings for passenger services with 15 trains a day from Tuesday

BS Web Team New Delhi
PM Narendra Modi

File photo of PM Narendra Modi addressing the media | Photo: @ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8pm, a day after he told chief ministers a lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak must be gradually lifted to allow economic activities.

“We have a twofold challenge--to reduce the transmission rate of the disease, and to increase public activity gradually,” Modi said in a video call. ““Slowly but surely, economic activities have begun to pick up in several parts of the country. In coming days, this process will gather steam. We must realise that the fight against Covid-19 has to be more focused now,” Modi said.


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First Published: May 12 2020 | 2:26 PM IST

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