PM Narendra Modi asked state governments to assess the effectiveness of ‘local lockdowns’ imposed for a day or two. He asked states to assess if such measures are hindering the revival of economic activities. The states are imposing local lockdowns for a day or two to combat Covid-19. Urging states to weigh the impact and utility of local lockdowns, the PM emphasised the need to focus on “micro containment zones” as a way forward to curb the infection spread and also allow usual activities to go on. With arbitrary local lockdowns in July and August seen to hurt the economy and disrupt supply chains, the Centre had directed states to avoid such measures unless cleared by the home ministry. ‘There are more than 700 districts in the country but only 60 districts in seven states are a cause of worry. I suggest CMs hold virtual conference with people at district or block level for seven days. We’ve to learn from the best practices from across the states,’ the PM said during the meeting.