INDIA SAYS STAY AT HOME AND WORK FROM HOME
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The restrictions came into force at midnight local time (18:30 GMT) and will be enforced for 21 days.
“There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes,” Mr. Modi said in a televised address.
He appealed for people not to panic – but crowds quickly mobbed stores in the capital, Delhi, and other cities.
Correspondents say it is not clear how – or even if – people will now be allowed out to buy food and other essentials.
The new measures follow a sharp increase in cases in recent days. There have been 519 confirmed cases across India and 10 reported deaths.
India – which has a population of 1.3bn – joins a growing list of countries that have imposed similar measures.
Nearly 400,000 people have tested positive for the virus worldwide, and around 17,000 have died.
MORE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
- THE LATEST: Live updates
- A SIMPLE GUIDE: What are the symptoms?
- AVOIDING CONTACT: Should I self-isolate?
- STRESS: How to protect your mental health
- MAPS AND CHARTS: Visual guide to the outbreak
“The entire country will be in lockdown, total lockdown,” Mr. Modi said on Tuesday.
He added :
To help and save India, to save it every citizen, you and your family. every street, every neighborhood is being put under lockdown.
Mr. Modi warned that if India does not “handle these 21 days well, then our country… will go backward by 21 years”.
“This is a curfew,” he said. “We will have to pay the economic cost of this but [it] is the responsibility of everyone.”
But in Delhi and the financial capital, Mumbai, people fearing shortages quickly thronged shops and pharmacies.
“I have never witnessed such chaos in my life,” the owner of one store in the Shakarpur district of Delhi said, quoted by the Press Trust of India.
“All our stocks, including rice, flour, bread, biscuits, edible oils, have been sold out.”
Police in the busy city of Ghaziabad, in Uttar Pradesh state, patrolled the streets with megaphones to tell residents to stay indoors.
Under the new measures, all non-essential businesses will be closed but hospitals and other medical facilities will continue to function as normal. Schools and universities will remain shut and almost all public gatherings will be banned.
Anyone flouting the new rules faces up to two years in prison and heavy fines.
In his address, Prime Minister Modi also:
- Stressed that the 21-day lockdown was “very necessary to break the chain of coronavirus”
- Emphasized the seriousness of the situation and said that even developed countries had faced problems in combating it
- Said that “social distancing was the only way to stop” the virus spreading
- Announced that nearly $2bn (£1.8bn) would be made available to boost the country’s health infrastructure
- Called on people not to “spread rumors” and to follow instructions
His announcement came after several Indian states introduced measures of their own, such as travel restrictions and the closure of non-essential services.
India has already issued a ban on international arrivals and grounded domestic flights. The country’s rail network has also suspended most passenger services.
11 thoughts on “Coronavirus: India enters ‘total lockdown’ after spike in cases”
https://www.moneyconsort.com It is the best site I have
ever visited about money!
I found a video that helped me earn money online, and I share it with you: https://youtu.be/2xBUMiBr7ac
You’re doing a great job! Keep going! Good luck! 🙂
Thanks and keep visiting 😊
The Coronavirus: India enters ‘total lockdown’ after spike in cases article is one of the best
I have ever read!
I found how to get an online income from my home,
maybe it helps: https://bit.ly/income-365
You are doing a great job with https://www.moneyconsort.com site.
This is the right decision that will help to contain the strong spread of such a disease and save many lives, so this necessary measure must be observed.
I think that Indian government should consider all preventing means in order to stop covid as soon as possible. I is important!
Some times its a pain in the ass to read what blog owners wrote but this web site is really user pleasant! .
Loving the information on this website , you have done great job on the posts.
Hi, thanks for your love to keep visiting.
Everything is very open and very clear explanation of issues. was truly information. Your website is very useful. Thanks for sharing.
Hello, I think your website might be having browser compatibility
issues. When I look at your blog in Opera, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has
some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
Other then that, very good blog!
Comments are closed.