Eighty Indian cities are going into complete lockdown from today amid alarm over Coronavirus-19 cases rising to 396 from 315 on Sunday. Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru are going into complete lockdown this month as India fights to contain the spread of coronavirus.
On Sunday, India observed a 7 am to 9 pm Janata Curfew that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for. The places where coronavirus cases have been reported, will go into a total lockdown till March 31. Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Telangana, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, West Bengal, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Puducherry and Uttarakhand will be locked down.
Public transportation system has been suspended or reduced to minimal levels. Trais, inter-state-buses, and metros have already been suspended all over the country. Movie theaters, malls, markets, colleges, schools, and gyms are already shut in most of the states. In numerous places, section 144 has been imposed which bans more than five people from gathering.
PM Modi in a televised address on the outbreak urged the business community not to cut staff salaries. The ministry of labour and employment and ESIC sent out an advisory stating that ESIC requests all employers not to cut salaries of employees who are unable to work.
Delhi has sealed all of its borders, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He announced a lockdown from 6 am on Monday to March 31. All public transportations as well as private vehicles will also be banned in the city.
Vehicles linked to the personnel of 24 essential services – including police, health, fire, prisons, electricity, water, chemists, petrol pumps – will be exempted. Some essential groceries like food, milk, meat and vegetables will be allowed. All the famous holidays spots and tourism spots have been closed countrywide. The deadly virus has claimed 13,049 lives and has affected 3.7 lakh people so far.