Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a video conference with chief ministers to discuss the situation arising due to COVID-19 in the country. This is Modi's fourth such interaction with chief ministers since March 22 when he first spoke to them on the coronavirus situation and steps taken --both by the Centre and the states-- to contain the pandemic.

The lockdown enforced by the Centre to arrest the spread of novel coronavirus in the country will continue in hotspots, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told chief ministers in a video conference on Monday.

Among those present at the virtual meet, included home minister Amit Shah, health minister Harsh Vardhan and top officials from the PMO and Union Health Ministry.

The chief ministers from Meghalaya, Mizoram, Puducherry, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Gujarat and Haryana spoke about the further strategies to fight the deadly coronavirus which has killed nearly 900 people in the country. Meghalaya and Odisha urged PM Narendra Modi to extend the lockdown with some additional riders.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said the state has started door to door screening, similar to the polio campaign. “We are working on a similar mechanism and four crore people have been screened,” he said. He also asked to formulate a policy to help people return to their states.

Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy sought intervention from the Centre for providing personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other medical equipment. He asked for financial aid and grants to fight COVID-19 and for the starting of industries post lockdown.

The lockdown enforced by the Centre to arrest the spread of novel coronavirus in the country will continue in hotspots, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told chief ministers in a video conference on Monday.