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Light lamps on Sunday at 9 pm

Light lamps on Sunday at 9 pm

Coronavirus latest news live updates: The number of cases in India rose to 2,301 on Friday, the Health Ministry said. Of these, at least 400 positive cases have been linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in New Delhi's Nizamuddin West last month. The death toll stands at 56, of which 15 have been linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation

In a new appeal to the countrymen, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked people to put off the lights in their houses for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday, April 5, and light lamps at their doors or balconies. "You are not alone, no one is alone in the fight against coronavirus. The light from the lamps will show that we are together in this battle," he said.

During his 20-minute address, PM Modi lauded the people for their cooperation in the 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. He said it set an exemplary example for the rest of the world. His message came a day after he held a meeting with the chief ministers of all states and asked them to "formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered reemergence of the population once the lockdown ends" on April 14.

While the Prime Minister had sought suggestions from the CMs, his government was exploring the possibility of a "limited lockdown" in some areas. "If we can identify pockets across the country — there may be several hundred of them — the rest of the county can go about their business while these remain the only ones left with restrictions," a highly placed government source told The Indian Express.

Globally, the number of cases cross 10 lakh, the highest of which were reported from the US (244,769), Italy (115,242) and Spain (112,065). The death toll rose to 52,973; Italy has the most fatalities (13,915), followed by Spain (10,348) and France (5,387). As cases increase, the question on everyone's mind is: How will the pandemic end?

(Inputs and image from theindianexpress.com)

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