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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation today at 8 pm, amid speculations about lockdown 4.0. PM Modi's address comes a day after his meeting with chief ministers over the Covid-19-induced lockdown. Taking to Twitter, the prime minister's office said, "PM Modi will be addressing the nation at 8 PM this evening."

This will be the Prime Minister's fourth special address to the nation in the last two months.The Prime Minister first addressed the nation on March 18 and appealed to the people to observe 'Janata Curfew' between 9 am to 9 pm on March 22. On March 24, he announced the 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 and then on April 14 he announced extending it for another 19 days till May 3. However, the government later announced the extension of the lockdown for two more weeks on May 1. India is in the third phase of lockdown which will end on May 17.

On Monday, PM Modi held a video conference meeting with Chief Ministers of all states to discuss the road ahead in India's fight against the novel coronavirus. He said the need was to reduce the transmission rate of Covid-19 and to increase public activity gradually while adhering to all the guidelines. "I am of the firm view that the measures needed in the first phase of lockdown were not needed during the second phase and similarly the measures needed in the third phase are not needed in the fourth," the Prime Minister.

PM Modi has asked states to send in suggestions for changes to the current rules by May 15.

Meanwhile, the death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 2,293 and the number of cases climbed to 70,756 in the country (as of 8 am) today, according to the data by Union health ministry. The highest number of 23,401 confirmed cases is from Maharashtra, followed by Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

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