Eyeing a boom in the number of coronavirus cases in the last couple of days, the Centre and states have decided to lockdown as many as 75 districts across the country. In addition, interstate bus services in these states have also been suspended till 31st March as per a report by India Today.
The districts to be locked down are a part of states including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
In addition, the Delhi government has also announced to lockdown Delhi and seal all its borders till 31 March. The government on Sunday announced the lockdown in Delhi will begin from 6 AM tomorrow (23 March) and will remain intact till 12 AM on 31st March.
However, there is no need to panic as essential services like groceries will be available throughout the lockdown period. Don’t indulge in panic buying and play the role of a responsible citizen.
Moreover, all private offices will also remain shut during this period said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
“No public transport services including private buses, autos, e-rickshaws will be allowed during the lockdown period in #Delhi. 25 per cent of the DTC bus fleet will continue to ply on roads of Delhi to carry people involved in essential services.” he added.
All private offices will remain closed but the employees – both permanent and contractual – will be considered to be on-duty. The companies will have to provide them the salary for this duration: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal #Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/C4xQ9XcBuh— ANI (@ANI) March 22, 2020
Besides Delhi, NCR regions including Gurugram, Faridabad, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Panipat and Panchkula will also be on lockdown until March 31.
Passenger Trains Cancelled
All passenger trains have also been cancelled till 31 March in an attempt to fight the virus spread in the country. The decision comes in the midst of the overwhelming response from the people of the country to Janata Curfew observed on March 22.
Whole India particapted in the 14-hour-long Janata curfew on Sunday and made it a great success. Across the social media channels, people were seen sharing pictures of empty roads and animals taking over the same.
At 5 pm in the evening, the country came out at their balconies banging thalis and clapping to salute the valour of the professionals, doctors and nurses who are risking their lives to make this world a better place to live.