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Coronavirus: India Puts 80 Cities Into Lockdown To Ramp Up Fight Against Pandemic; Read Details

As coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in India, the government is taking all possible measures to contain the spread of the deadly pandemic. The COVID-19 cases increased quickly rose to more than 4,000 in a matter of few days while at least a 100 people have reportedly succumbed to the pandemic. As the Central government has already banned all international flights from landing at any airport in India, the fear of community spread still looms large. 

The pandemic, which has so far affected as many as 188 countries, has infected more than 12,00,000 people and claimed 68,000 lives globally. The only way to contain or limit the community spread is self-isolation and social distancing. After implementing Janta Curfew for a day on March 22, the Centre further announced lock down of at least 80 cities to enforce limited or no gatherings of people.

States going into lockdown

The states going into lockdown till March 31 include those where coronavirus cases have been reported – 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.

What does lockdown mean in India?

To enforce the lockdown, trains, metros and inter-state buses have been suspended across the country. Markets, malls, cinemas, schools, colleges and gyms are already shut in most of the states. Many states have also imposed Section 144 to ban more than five people from gathering.

During the lockdown, no cabs, auto-rickshaws will be allowed to operate. Private vehicles will also be banned. Vehicles linked to the personnel of 24 essential services – including police, health, fire, prisons, electricity, water, media, chemists, petrol pumps – will be exempted.

However, essential services will be allowed including water, power, civic services, groceries, milk, petrol pumps, medicine stores, takeaway and ATMs.

(Curated by Priya Pareek)