India Under Coronavirus Lockdown
Author： Sanchita Sairang-Kshatriya
After it first appeared in China's Wuhan province in December 2019, Coronavirus has taken a toll on several countries and has claimed a massive number of lives.
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across India, with confirmed positive cases crossing the 500-mark, India is placed under lockdown in an effort to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.
India - the world's second-most populous country has reported 9 deaths due to coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. As cases start surging due to the deadly virus outbreak, India has upped its testing efforts to fight Covid-19.
What is Lockdown?
A Lockdown is an emergency protocol that restricts people to leave a given area. A full lockdown will mean that people in the given area must stay where they are and not exit or enter a building.
A preventive lockdown is a preemptive action plan implemented to address an unusual situation or a weakness in a system to forestall any danger to people, organization and systems. The structure of the lockdown protocol ordered is based on the type of threat and feature the required flexibility to handle the situation effectively during such times.
Let's check out how this lockdown in India will look like:
Lockdown In India
India has gone under a complete lockdown which includes 31 States and Union Territories covering 548 districts till March 31 to control the spread of Coronavirus.
Only essential services are allowed to operate during the lockdown. Activities like picking medical supplies and groceries, going to a doctor, going to the bank - provided you follow Social Distancing are admissible.
The states and UTs that have imposed full lockdowns are:
- West Bengal
- Jammu and Kashmir
- Himachal Pradesh
- Arunachal Pradesh
- Tamil Nadu
- Andhra Pradesh
- Andaman and Nicobar Islands
- Daman Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli
What is the punishment for violating Coronavirus lockdown rules?
The punishment for violating Coronavirus lockdown rules includes imprisonment, or fine, or both. People who defy the lockdown orders can be punished under the following sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC):
Section 188 - Disobedience to order duly promulgated by the public servant
Imprisonment up to six months, or fine up to Rs 1,000 or both.
Section 269 - Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life
Imprisonment up to six months, or fine, or both.
Section 270 - Malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life
Imprisonment up to two years, or fine, or both.
While punishment can vary on a case to case basis, violations could result in being jailed for up to two years and fine up to Rs 1,000.
Can you go to work?
Major cities in the country have asked private firms to let their employees work from home. All offices are to remain shut or work with limited staff until the end of the lockdown period. Central and State governments have announced relief packages for daily-wage earners and other temporary workers. Furthermore, the government has urged the companies to provide employees with minimum wages.
Can you travel with a lockdown in place?
The central government announced that no international flights will land in India nor will Indian flights fly abroad. Additionally, India has also suspended domestic flights as Covid-19 cases rise. Indian railways have canceled all train services till March 31. Even inter-state
bus services are halted as India takes extraordinary precautions to check the spread of the disease. Therefore, for now, you can't travel outside or inside a country unless it is an emergency.
Is it necessary to stock up?
Grocery stores, as well as fruits and vegetable shops, will remain open. However, the stocks might be low, since transport services will be heavily restricted.