Delhi under lockdown from Monday, announces Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced a complete lockdown in the national capital from Monday to March 31, barring all essential services.
Addressing the public along with Lt. Governor Anil Baijal, Kejriwal said all borders of Delhi with Harayan and Uttar Pradesh will be sealed, but essential items from neighboring states, such as food items like vegetables, milk etc. will keep coming.
“Lockdown in Delhi from Monday 6 a.m. to March 31 midnight. The borders will be sealed and only essential items will be allowed,” he said.
All flights — domestic and international, inter-state buses, trains and metros will be suspended too, he said.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an extraordinary situation and calls for extraordinary measures,” sais Kejriwal as he shared announcements towards containing the spread of the virus.
Delhi has 27 coronavirus cases, he said, of which 21 are from people coming from abroad. Only six people have received the virus, Kejriwal said adding controlling the virus at this stage will be helpful.
Punjab enforces statewide lockdown till March 31
As the state”s coronavirus cases spiked to 21, the Punjab government on Sunday announced a compete lockdown of non-essential services as a preventing step against coronavirus till March 31, becoming another state to enforce a shutdown.
The statewide lockdown will come into force from Monday morning as an emergency measure to tackle the worsening Covid-19 situation.
All essential services in the state, which saw one death owing to coronavirus, will be available during the shutdown, which will be in force till 9 p.m. on March 31.
15 UP districts to be under lockdown till March 25
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday announced a lockdown in 15 districts of the state that have reported coronavirus cases.
The district that are being locked down for the next three days are Lucknow, Agra, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Noida, Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Prayagraj, Bareilly, Varanasi, Lakhimpur, Azamgarh, Kanpur, Meerut, Gorakhpur and Aligarh.
He said that the lockdown would continue from March 23 to 25 after which the government would review the situation.
Adityanath said intense patrolling would continue in these districts and efforts would be made to ensure smooth supply of essential commodities.
He said that the district that are being put under lockdown, would be completely sanitised during the next three days.
Lockdown in Jharkhand till March 31
The Jharkhand government on Sunday decided to enforce a total lockdown in the state till March 31 in the wake of the threat of coronavirus.
“A high level meeting took place which was chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren and senior government officials. In the meeting it was decided to go for a lockdown till March 31,” said the Jharkhand Health Secretary.
“Except emergency services all offices will remains closed. All officials will work from home. There will be total ban on autorickshaws, taxis and public transportation. All shops, commercial institutions, factories, godowns, weekly markets will remain closed. All construction activities will remain closed. All religious places will remain closed. All people coming from abroad will be quarantined,” said the government order.
The Jharkhand government also extended the ”Janata Curfew” till Monday despite the state reporting no coronavirus positive case.
Maharashtra clamps near-total lockdown
As Covid-19 claimed its second victim in Maharashtra in four days and number of afflicted rose to 74, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a “near-total” lockdown of the state from Sunday midnight till March 31.
The announcement came close on the heels of the shutting of Indian Railways including Mumbai”s lifeline, the suburban locals, for the next 10 days, and has been reinforced by slapping prohibitory orders in urban areas right down to Gram Panchayats all over the state.
Thackeray also said that the 14-hour voluntary ”Janata Curfew” on Sunday will be extended till 5 a.m. on Monday.
However, he added that all essential services like banks, stock markets, depositories, clearing houses, power utilities, food and milk shops, communications, etc will continue to function normally.
“Attendance in government offices has been slashed down to only 5 percent, only bare essential services and retail outlets like vegetables, groceries, milk, pharmacies and others shall be functional. I once again appeal to all to stay at home and don”t step out unless absolutely essential,” Thackeray said in a television statement a short while ago.
The move follows the state orders shutting down all schools, colleges, public places, private companies, religious and tourist places, most public transport, buses from neighbouring states and taking other measures to keep curb crowds over the past three days.
Lockdown in Kolkata, some other parts of Bengal
The West Bengal government on Sunday ordered complete lockdown of Kolkata, eight districts and municipal and district towns besides some rural areas in other parts of the state from 5 p.m. on Monday to Friday midnight to combat the spread of coronavirus.
The order, covering whole or part of all the 23 districts in the state, was given under the West Bengal Epidemic Disease COVID-19 regulations, 2020, framed according to relevant sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.
“The government of West Bengal hereby notifies ”complete safety restriction” with effect from 5 p.m. on March 23 to midnight of March 27,” said the order, which would come into effect across identified urban and rural areas for prevention and containment of coronavirus.
The order stipulates complete restrictions on public transport services including operation of taxis and auto-rickshaws, closure of all shops, commercial establishments, offices and factories, workshops and warehouses.
“All foreign returnees and other such persons so required by the health personnel are directed to remain under strict home quarantine for a period as directed by the local health authorities,” it said.
The order issued by the Chief Secretary also asked people to stay at home and come out only for basic services while strictly following the social distancing guidelines.
The government also prohibited congregation of more than seven persons in public places and warned that violators would be punished under section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.