A farmer tends to his crops amid the lockdown in Navi Mumbai
A farmer tends to his crops amid the lockdown in Navi Mumbai

No new case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 was reported out of Raigad district on Thursday, the Panvel Municipal Corporation said in a circular.

Free Press Journal reporter Amit Srivastava tweeted the news as well at 5.50 am on Friday.

If the trend continues, then Raigad will be the first district after Chandrapur in Maharashtra to flatten the curve.

Earlier, 10 people who had participated at the Tablighi in Nizamuddin Markaz have tested negative in Panvel. A senior official from the Panvel Municipal Corporation confirmed this on Saturday.

They had returned to the city before the lockdown was announced. However, the civic body carried out their tests as a violation of lockdown rules at the Nizamuddin Markaz was unearthed.

On April 14, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the lockdown will go until May 3, 2020.

Addressing the nation, PM Modi said that the nation has to ensure that more hotspots aren't formed. "Till 20th April, all districts, localities, states will be closely monitored, as to how strictly they are implementing norms. States which will not let hotspots increase, they could be allowed to let some important activities resume, but with certain conditions," the PM said.

The PM said that there was work to fix the supply chain and improve the health infrastructure. "While making new guidelines, we have kept in mind the interests of the poor and daily wage workers. Harvesting of Rabi crops is also underway. Central Govt and state Govts are working together to ensure that farmers face minimal problems," the PM said.

Hailing the efforts put by the doctors, medical staff, essential service providers and the people of the country, PM Modi said, "You have saved the country. I understand the problems you have faced."

PM Modi also requested the youth of India should take care of the old in India to ensure that they don't contract COVID-19. "They are the most vulnerable and it's our duty to protect them," the PM said, further requesting people to download the Aroghya Sethu mobile app.

This speech comes after PM Modi had a discussion with Chief Ministers of the country on Saturday to discuss the course of action to tackle the coronavirus pandemic that has put India on hold. During that meeting, many CMs were for the idea of extending the lockdown to April 30, with some of them even going ahead and announcing the same.

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