A Group of Ministers on the coronavirus crisis met today with everyone in masks for the first time.
The meeting was held at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
India's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 5,734 on Thursday, after an increase of 540 in the last 24 hours. Seventeen deaths have been reported in this period, which takes the number of dead to 166 in India.
In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal were seen wearing masks at a meeting called to review the measures taken to counter the pandemic.
CM @ArvindKejriwal & @LtGovDelhi chairing the State Disaster Management Task Force Meeting amid the #coronavirus crisis.- AAP (@AamAadmiParty) April 9, 2020
Dy CM @msisodia, Health Minister @SatyendarJain and Transport Minister @kgahlot also present at the meetimg. pic.twitter.com/wJA9ScRYDI
Yesterday, Delhi, Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh declared that masks would be a must for people stepping out of their homes.
In a previous meeting, the Group of Ministers had recommended that educational institutions remain shut till the end of this month.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will decide this week whether to extend the 21-day lockdown he had declared on March 24 to check the spread of coronavirus, amid recommendations from several states that the restrictions continue.
Odisha today became the first state to announce an extension of the lockdown till April 30.