3rd week of lockdown crucial: Naidu

New Delhi (NVI): Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today said that the third week of lockdown will be critical for deciding on the exit from the present nation-wide restrictions in force from March 25.

Naidu said that concerns about the health of the people shall take precedence over that of stabilization of economy. “In my view, while the concerns of economy can wait for another day, that of health can’t,” Naidu said.

He also said that the data regarding the extent and rate of spread of virus infection will have a bearing on exit strategy.

While referring to the consultations between the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers on the exit strategy, Naidu asked citizens to obey whatever decision follows and cooperate with the same spirit that has so far been demonstrated even if hardship were to continue after April 14.

He expected that government will ensure smooth functioning of supply chains and adequate relief and support for the vulnerable sections.