Published: Fri, March 27, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

India's Leader Declares Nationwide Lockdown

India's Leader Declares Nationwide Lockdown

India's 1.Three billion people have been beneath lockdown on Wednesday to forestall an explosion of coronavirus cases because the federal authorities struggled to ship necessary gadgets and calm nerves.

Queues of people, wearing masks and some with gloves, could be seen outside small neighbourhood shops across some cities on Thursday as people anxious about access to essential goods.

Trucks were stranded at state borders and public transport was withdrawn.

Ram Prakash, a shopkeeper in Delhi's Nizamuddin area, said supplies of some essential goods had improved although bottled water was still a problem. "We are hopeful that by following social distancing policy, conducting a proper contact tracing and by ensuring all people at home quarantine are monitored, we will be able to combat the disease", he said. The total number of cases increased to 694, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergencies expert, told a Geneva news conference that with the lockdown in place, India had a window of opportunity to expand testing, surveillance and quarantine facilities and said its success with eliminating polio was an example.

"I appeal to the citizens that wherever they see such things happening, they should raise their voice against it and warn people and make them understand that it is wrong", he said. 88 new virus cases was reported in India today, the highest in a single day.

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Rajan Wadhera, president of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, said the relief package's announcement will bolster the faith in government of vulnerable sections of society.

As there is no vaccine or specific antiviral medicine to treat COVID-19, countries have been grappling with all possible mechanisms to contain its scope. The data was put out by the Health Ministry at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Currently, as per the orders of the government, India is in a complete lockdown for 21 days that began from 25 March. The government ordered a nationwide lockdown that came into place on Wednesday.

Poor widows, senior citizens and disabled people will receive 1,000 rupees ($13) for the next three months from April 1 through direct cash transfers, which would help 30 million people, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced.

He further added that the police department has been asked to allow e-commerce companies to function in the state. For this motive, a lockdown of 21 days has been imposed within the nation.

According to officials, constable Rajbir was suspended. "Also why should we hide if there has been a community transmission".

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