Published on : Wednesday, March 25, 2020
In a strong response to the coronavirus crisis, India declared a complete lockdown for 21 days. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the country and announced a nationwide lockdown. The decision comes as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise across the globe.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India crossed the 500-mark this week with around 11 deaths so far. The restriction came into force from 25th March 2020 at 12:00 AM (18:30 GMT). Every Indian citizen has been asked to stay at home and all non-essential travel has been banned. Strict measures are being undertaken on anyone who fails to abide by the rule. All-essential services including healthcare and food services are exempted from the lockdown.
Mr. Modi said in his statement that every street and every neighborhood of the country is being put under lockdown to save India, the country’s citizen as well as their families. He mentioned that social distancing is the only way to stop the deadly COVID-19 virus from spreading further. He warned that if these 21 days of lockdown is not handled well, the country will hold the risk of going back by 21 years. He officially declared the lockdown as a curfew and mentioned that despite the economic cost that has to be paid, everyone has to come together to curb the spread of the virus in the country.
Indian police have already been given the responsibility to break public gatherings and stop people from unnecessary traveling even in local streets. All tourist attraction venues have been shut and every religious institution has been asked to close their doors. Every educational, training and research institutions have been ordered to remain closed. The government has also barred all social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural and religious gatherings. Funerals are exempted from the ban however congregations are not allowed to host more than 20 people.
The countrywide lockdown came after several Indian states took it upon themselves to introduce state-wise lockdown and travel restrictions.