New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with all the chief ministers of the states and union territories (UTs) to discuss the coronavirus crisis in the country and how to control the spread of the deadly virus as a phased lockdown exit continues across the country.

The Prime Minister will hold the talks in two sessions – June 16 and June 17.

On Tuesday afternoon, PM Modi will hold a videoconference with chief ministers, Lieutenant Governors and administrators of 21 states and union territories. These include Punjab, Kerala, Goa, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, and the North-Eastern states.

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The situation in Delhi will be discussed separately on Wednesday along with Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh.

These will be the sixth and seventh meetings between the Prime Minister and various chief ministers on the coronavirus outbreak, the last being on May 11.

India saw a jump of over 11,000 novel coronavirus cases for the third consecutive day on Monday, taking the total number of infections to over 3.32 lakh, while the toll rose to 9,520 with 325 more deaths.

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The government’s Unlock 1 plan has allowed inter-state travel and businesses to open up under guidelines for social distancing and safety.

The unlocking of the economy in June 2020 witnessed a rapid fall in the unemployment rate. After clocking 23.5% in April and May, the unemployment rate first dropped to 17.5% in the first week of June and then it took a steeper fall to 11.6% in the second week. This fall is almost as dramatic as the rise in unemployment when the lockdown began.

Ahead of his meeting with chief ministers, the Prime Minister had on Saturday (June 13) reviewed the steps being taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in areas with the high caseload and the road map for effective management of the situation.