NEW DELHI, April 26 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers via video conference on Monday morning on the way ahead in the fight against the novel coronavirus, amid indications that the discussions could also focus on a graded exit from the ongoing lockdown.
This will be the third video conference of the Prime Minister with the chief ministers after the spread of the COVID-19 in the country. Sources indicated that besides discussing the way forward in dealing with the pandemic, the discussion could also focus on a �graded� exit from the lockdown which is in place till May 3.
The Centre and the state governments have been giving gradual relaxation in various fields and sectors to boost economic activities as also to provide relief to people. But some states are willing to extend the lockdown beyond May 3 to ensure that coronavirus cases remain under control.
The Centre has allowed neighbourhood and standalone shops, including those located in residential complexes, in urban areas to open during the lockdown. But those in the markets continue to remain shut till May 3. � PTI