The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has ruled out the possibility of imposing lockdown in the country despite the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. FM Sitharaman mentioned this in a discussion with Industry representatives on Sunday.
Dr Animesh Saxena, President, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) quoted the Finance Minister as she mentioned, ”There is no plan of national lockdown and focus would be on creating small containment zones to stop the spread.” FM Nirmala Sitharaman conveyed the preparedness by the government to handle the recent surge of COVID cases.
She said Hon’ble PM and Home Minister are in constant touch with all states to monitor the situation and providing all assistance regarding availability Oxygen, essential medicines and medical facilities. The Finance Minister wanted our inputs for addressing any of our concerns.
India saw the deadliest day of the pandemic as 1,501 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. The country also recorded the biggest daily surge in cases with 2,61,500 infections, taking the caseload to 1.47 crore total cases.
This is the fourth straight day when over 2 lakh cases have been recorded. Over 12 lakh cases have been added to the caseload in the last one week.