India Goes On 3-Week Lockdown Mode to Contain COVID-19 Threat

  • 25 Mar 2020

India has imposed a 21-day nationwide lockdown to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning today. 

In a televised announcement last night, Indian Prime Minister Narendran Modi stressed that breaking the cycle of the virus' transmission via social distancing was the only solution to contain the situation.

The pandemic has as of Tuesday (March 24), infected 557 people across India, and claimed 11 lives. 

"If you won't follow this lockdown for 21 days, then your family may face setback of 21 years.

"Forever about leaving your house for the next 21 days, stay where you are," Modi said. 

These are some of the facts that you should know about the Indian pandemic lockdown: 

  • Like Malaysia's Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed on March 18, the Indian lockdown will only allow essential services, such a groceries, hospitals, pharmacies, and banks to remain open. 
  • Other essential services that will remain operational include enforcement bodies (police, military), public utilities, and shops dealing with food supplies. The media and print industries will also remain open.
  • All transport services - air, rail, and roadways will remain suspended. 
  • Like in Malaysia, all places of worship and educational institutions will also be closed. 

Modi has assured the people that there is no need for panic buying, as there will be adequate supply of food and medicines. 

According to Modi, the lockdown will be very similar to a curfew, with violators who refuse or fail to adhere to the ruling, standing to face up to one year in jail, a fine, or both, upon conviction. If the obstruction leads to loss of lives or danger, the imprisonment may extend to 2 years. 

Individuals who make false claims to violate the lockdown, those who hoard money or relief material, and create false panic, may also risk imprisonment. 

Source: India Today
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