Posted on March 23, 2020, 1:32 PM IST
Even as yesterday the whole nation came as one to implement the Janta Curfew called upon by PM Modi to curb the ongoing pandemic, there still remains the larger risk of going into the third stage of the disease if acute measures are not followed.
Keeping the health quotient in mind, the Indian government has decided to carry out lockdown across India. 80 districts including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru were placed on complete lockdown from Sunday, which means only essential services will be allowed.
Apart from the Centre's orders, 13 states also announced complete closure. They were Maharashtra, Kerala, Haryana, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Delhi, Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Rajasthan. On Monday, Himachal Pradesh became the 14th state to announce an emergency lockdown. Several states have also implemented partial shutdowns and imposed Section 144, which bans gatherings of more than four people.
Any citizen disobeying any regulation or order made under this Act shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, which can lead to a jail term of six months, a fine, or both.
What remains shut till 31st March:
Most forms of public transport, including all passenger trains, metro services, local trains in Mumbai and inter-state buses remain suspended till the end of this month. International flights have been banned for a week and many airlines have trimmed operations.
What remains open?
Bank ATMs, grocery stores, essential item stores, pharmacies and hospitals.
How is India planning to cope with the increase in patients?
1200 new ventilators have been ordered and announced that each state in the country will have a specialised hospital dedicated to dealing with Coronavirus patients. Measures that various states have announced to aggressively contain the pandemic including in Andhra Pradesh, which has announced a door-to-door survey to identity people with a recent travel history to other countries, Telangana which will only allow one person from each family to step out of the house to get essential supplies, and Maharashtra and Delhi where section 144 was imposed from Sunday.