In addition, most of Nepal’s food, fuel and other essential imports are from India, or from third countries via India. Fuel and food trucks have been allowed to cross the border, the lockdown extension could lead to a worsening of food shortages.
This was Modi’s fourth address to the nation in a month, and he said the COVID-19 spread was now coming under control, but he said he was taking the advice of public health experts to extend the lockdown.
Modi had held a conference call with Chief Ministers of India’s states, in which the leaders of 13 state with a population of 780 million had agreed to close down for the whole of April.
India has so far detected 10,248 cases of which 358 people have died, and 1,181 have recovered. There were 1,248 new cases detected on Monday alone.