New Delhi, The Home Ministry on Tuesday released detailed guidelines on the measures to be taken at the central and state level to contain the Covid-19 epidemic. The guidelines were issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announced three-week nationwide lockdown from midnight of March 24, 2020. He warned that if these 21 days are not observed as a lockdown, it will take India back 21 years. The lockdown is mandatory for the whole nation, which includes 32 states/UTs.
The 32 states/ UTs that have been under full lockdown include:
- Andhra Pradesh
- Arunachal Pradesh
- Himachal Pradesh
- Jammu Kashmir
- Tamil Nadu
- West Bengal
- Daman Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli
- Andaman and Nicobar
Below are the phone numbers for the above states for any COVID-19 emergency:
CM Kejriwal stated the need to observe social distancing and urged people to stay indoors at all costs. Both Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal clarified some of the pressing queries regarding the lockdown in the national capital.
What is Complete Lockdown?
Complete Lockdown is meant to restrict movement of people and avoid the social gathering among the citizens. This would in turn break the chain of transmission of Coronavirus. The complete lockdown has been imposed on several cities across India.
The complete lockdown in India has been imposed under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. In case of an outbreak of an epidemic, this act empowers the district administration to seal the borders of the district to check the spread of the disease. When a lockdown is announced, the movement of people is restricted and no person from outside is allowed to enter the area which is under lockdown.
Services that are considered essential and will remain open are:
- Services related to health, food, water and power supply will remain available
- Police, home guards, civil defense, disaster management, fire & emergency services and prisons.
- Dairies, grocery shops, chemists and petrol pumps will remain open
- Services like print and electronic media, telecom, internet and the post will remain open
- All shops, commercial establishments, factories, workshops , offices, godowns, weekly bazaar, etc. shall close their operations during this period.
- Restaurants are allowed to provide takeaway and home delivery.
- Persons associated with essential services will be allowed to go to their destinations during the lockdown.
- DTC buses shall operate at not more than 25 per cent capacity to cater to personnel engaged in essential services.
- In case of a funeral, a congregation of not more than 20 people will be permitted.
Any congregation of more than 4 people is prohibited and punishable by law.
All construction activity is suspended.
All religious places are closed.
People have to stay home and can only come out for basic services in the vicinity of their residences while practicing social distancing.
Here are key takeaways for Delhi in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown.
Arvind Kejriwal said there is no need to panic and that there will be no shortage of essential commodities in the market. People should not resort to panic buying.
“After PM Modi’s speech, yesterday people started lining up at shops for essential services. I again appeal to people to not panic buying, I assure everyone that there will be no shortage of essential services,” the CM said.
“I assure every person of Delhi that there will be no reduction in the supply of essential items for the next 3 weeks. In this difficult time, your every need will be taken care of,” he had tweeted yesterday.
E-passes for essential service providers
“We will issue passes for those providing essential services, E-passes will be provided to those who need to open their shops and factories for these services,” Kejriwal said adding that grocery, medicines, medical services and other essential services and operations will continue uninterrupted for the citizens.
Arvind Kejriwal and Baijal had assured earlier today that no one will sleep hungry in the city during the lockdown. Delhi government will provide free meals at a ‘Rain Basera’ (shelter) on Baba Kharak Singh Marg.
The e-Pass will be for grocery shops, milk plant workers and others. Kejriwal said once the e-passes are issued, one can open shops related to essential commodities.
“A helpline number will be activated for that in a few hours.”
Kejriwal said that the Delhi Police Commissioner has introduced a helpline number at his office. “If you face any difficulty you can call at this number. The number is: 011-23469536,” he said.
The chief minister said that a helpline number will be issued for those who need to get their e-passes made.
Although, MyGov has already launched a whatsapp helpline number to answer all your queries regarding the epidemic of COVID-19.
Directive to landlords
It has been said that a strict action will be taken against landlords and house owners who force doctors, paramedical staff, healthcare personnel to vacate their rented residences amid the outbreak. The move comes after receiving complaints from healthcare personnel and medical officials. “Such behaviour obstructs amounts to obstructing public servants in discharging their duties,” the order read.
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also appealed to the landlords to be considerate for 1-2 months and accept rents in installments if the tenant cannot instantly make arrangements.
For those hit by lockdown
The complete lockdown is definitely bound to hit the daily-wage earners. Concerning this issue, Kejriwal on Tuesday made an announcement stating that the Delhi government will give Rs 5,000 to every construction worker in Delhi so that they can make a living.
Yesterday on March 24, 2020, CM Kejrival tweeted that in the last 24 hours there was no new case of Coronavirus which was registered.
So let’s all take the lockdown solemnly because we have seen many instances on social media about people still not taking the epidemic seriously. It’s just a matter of 21 days and if we all can just stay at home, we will definitely be contributing our role in the fight against corona. Stay at home and don’t panic. I guess this is the least we can do to show our support to the government. Stay safe and avoid any kind of gathering. Afterall, we all have always wanted to work from home, and now that we are getting the opportunity, we are totally against it.
In recent times, the number of cases are increasing in India and we really don’t want the same situation which is in Italy at the moment. If we all follow the lockdown, we can fight with COVID-19.
The updated report of COVID-19 for India states:
Total Cases – 562
New Cases – +26
Total Deaths – 10
Total Recovered – 40
Activa Cases – 512
The reports are taken from world meters.