NEW DELHI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with chief ministers of all states Saturday to decide a nationwide extension of the lockdown beyond April 14 to check the spread of COVID-19.

But several states appear to be in favor of prolonging the lockdown as the number of patients continue to increase.

Modi interacted with leaders of various political parties in parliament through video conference April 8 and indicated the country should be ready for an extension.

He stressed the situation was akin to a “social emergency” and said several state governments, district administrations and experts have asked for an extension.

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