India under coronavirus lockdown. Here's what will remain closed till March 31
A lockdown has been announced across various parts of India in at least 75 districts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Cities like Mumbai have even imposed Section 144 till the end of this month.
Overall, various parts of India has shut down trains, and other means of transport between states to stem the spread of coronavirus, which has affected more than 2.6 lakh people and close to 11,000 lives (WHO data).
The announcement comes after India was under a 14-hour long voluntary curfew, acting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to "add tremendous strength to the fight" against the disease.
Here is what will be suspended/shutdown in various parts of India till the end of this month:
- Public transport including the metro, e-rickshaws, autos, private buses, interstate buses, taxis (Ola and Uber)
- In Mumbai, all public transport including local trains and buses are suspended
- All schools, colleges, and various other institutes are to be closed
- Movie halls, malls, cafes, bars, restaurants, etc., are to remain shut
- In Delhi, only DTC buses at 25 percent capacity are allowed
- All shops, commercial establishments, factories, offices, workshops, weekly bazaars will be suspended
- Interstate buses have also been suspended
- All religious places to be closed
- Construction activity to be suspended.
People can go out for necessities – only in their vicinity – as the CM announced that essential services will continue to function, and people belonging to these services will be exempted from the lockdown.
Here is a list of what does not come under the lockdown:
- Fire stations, police stations, and prison departments
- Ration shops
- Water and electricity departments
- Municipality services
- Chemists, pharmacies
- Petrol pumps
- Banks and media services
- Grocery stores, milk shops
- Only home delivery and takeaways from restaurants.
The number of COVID-19 cases in India has crossed 340 on Sunday, with five confirmed deaths according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
(Edited by Saheli Sen Gupta)