Current Affairs
Extended Lockdown Due to Coronavirus in India
Shikha Adya
April 6, 2020

India has entered into the second phase of the Coronavirus pandemic that supposed to be more dangerous than its earlier one. The government of India is planning to revise the lockdown across the nation after May 15. 

The first lockdown was declared till April 14 but due to a rapid increase in the death toll, Ministry meeting held on 3rd April directed by Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah planned to break the chain of the virus by extending the Lockdown. 

On April 5, India reported its maximum cases of COVID-19, taking the number to 3,570 in which 80 deaths were registered. Due to less equipment and medical care units, the Government is planning to continue curfew until new health care infrastructure build to treat the COVID-19 patients. 

Union government will possibly reveal the second lockdown conditions on April 15. During this period, the daily resources will be provided door to door but there will be a strict ban on gathering in public places.  Cinema halls, restaurants, religious places, and Malls will stay closed. Traveling via commercial airline might take up again but a personal visit to and from foreign countries will be outlawed. Marketplaces might also shut, especially in the most affected states like Maharashtra and Kerala. 

Till now, no new announcement has been made yet, but inside the house, these are main points of discussion. You can depict clearly that the government has not given any indication of returning to normal life after April 14. After April 15, the duration of how long this lockdown goes will depend on raising new COVID-19 cases.            

In the meeting, ministers sitting apart maintaining a safer distance from each other advised if the situation worsens, further meetings might be conducted through video conferencing.  Another point of debate is monitoring quarantined persons through GPS trackers, however; it is not vibrant to take this through phones or any other tracking devices. 

IT companies and offices that can feasibly operate from home will be requested to continue work for May and June. Metro stations may be equipped with body scanners for office goers as the government is planning to restore Metro. Train services will also resume, but for necessary travels only. 

Another point of concern is how to keep hospitals free from gatherings. On this, Call on services will carry door to door medical services. People suffering from cold, fever, diabetes, or other diseases will be treated at home.  

In school and Colleges, admission and examination will be online through their website or WhatsApp groups. 

The Delhi Government has also declared to keep their crowded spots like malls, markets shut for another month. The grocery shops selling necessary goods under the license will only be allowed to operate. No person will be allowed to come out of their homes in the public without protective masks and sanitizers. Delhi’s sanitization plan is also in the queue and supposed to implement soon.  

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has guided the Delhi Government to conduct the COVID-19 test on every person found in more crowded areas. However, it is not yet clear what the government will decide or follow the ICMR instructions.  According to the Delhi health minister, Delhi hospitals are fully equipped to fight against the virus. Dialogues have been interchanged over the handling of private hospitals on maintaining separate isolation wards and a detached gateway for the patient and his relatives. Doctors and medical staff caring COVID-19 patients will not allow attending other patients and they should be equipped with protective clothing and equipment. Moreover, few private hospitals already started online consultations and introduced a mobile application that maintains a complete record of patient’s health. 

Be ready for extended lockdown … Stay Home and Be Safe!