On April 14, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the second phase of a nationwide lockdown till May 3. This decision was taken in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 which has now affected more than 17,600 people in India. The ‘world’s biggest lockdown’ has prompted many changes in different sectors and here is a ground reality of the current situation in India.
Food and cab giants step up to save India
The global pandemic has rendered thousands of daily wage workers unemployed. This has created a dire situation for all those families who relied on these wages and had only bread earner in the family. In order to do their bit and support families, food delivery giants and cab companies stepped up to save India.
Zomato- Feed the Daily Wager: This initiative was started to provide food support for families rendered unemployed by the Coronavirus pandemic. All donations were/are being used to buy and supply meal kits of wage workers spread across cities. Each meal kit costs a minimum of INR 500 and includes wheat flour, rice and two types of pulses.
Uber and Bigbasket– BigBasket and Uber joined hands to deliver essential goods to people. Uber will be using Uber Moto GO and XL to ensure last mile deliveries of essential items to peoples’ doorsteps. It will also share its network of delivery partners to keep up the services. This will enable BigBasket to deliver items in Noida, Bengaluru, Chandigarh and Hyderabad.
Dineout– It is an initiative started by Dineout to help the restaurant industry stay afloat amidst the nationwide shutdown. These pre-paid vouchers will keep restaurants financially stable and people can avail it after everything is operational again.
Families come closer during COVID-19 lockdown
The Nationwide lockdown has come as a silver lining for many people. This is because they are now working from home and spending more time with their family and loved ones. Working individuals are now able to cook hot meals for and with their family.
People who missed out on watching their children grow up are now able to play games, watch movies and read bedtime stories every night. Families who did not spend much time together are sitting down together for tea and a game of snakes and ladders.
Families who are separated from each other, have come even closer through virtual video calls and because of a hope of seeing each other soon enough. Anxiety stricken people in isolation have also come out of their dark place because of the constant support of their loved ones in close proximity.
NGO’s battle on the front lines to feed families
MCKS Food for the Hungry Foundation– An NGO based out of Delhi, it has been on the frontlines for over a decade and has provided food to the needy. To help out families in Delhi, the foundation increased its capacity of cooking food and has delivered cooked meals to thousands. They are also working with government officials to identify areas where people need food to eat.
Give India– It is an online based donation platform and aims to provide resources to non-governmental organisations spread across India. Currently, Give India is generating funds for food for daily wage earners. It is also raising money to donate hygiene kits to all those living in high risk areas.
Provision of essential services in Red, Orange and Green Zones
The government will attempt to provide door-to-door supply of essential goods due to restriction of movement in a Red Zone. Only shops manufacturing essential goods will be allowed to operate. A Red Zone has 80% of coronavirus cases in a state and a doubling rate of less than 4 days.
In an Orange zone, public transport and agricultural activities will have restricted relaxation. Micro Small and Medium enterprises manufacturing pulses, wheat flour etc will be allowed to function provided they follow the rules of social distancing. It is an area with a few coronavirus cases. A hot spot can be declared an orange zone if no cases are reported in the last 14 days.
In a Green zone, limited movement for people working in essential services may be allowed. It is an area with no COVID-19 cases. Any Red zone with no confirmed cases in the last 28 days can be called a Green zone.
India ramps up its medical infrastructure to combat COVID-19
As of April 21, India has registered more than 18,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. In order to curb a spike, authorities are planning to test more than 1.5 lakh samples every day. The lockdown has enabled concerned authorities to build a better infrastructure which will be capable of tackling the pandemic.
Railway coaches have been converted into isolation wards to help provide space for COVID-19 patients. These measures are being taken to curb the spread of a global pandemic and provide relief to the already strained medical services in India.
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Curated by Ruchit Rastogi