As a measure to contain the spread of coronavirus, several states in India have announced lockdown till March 31. Previously, the state governments of Karnataka, Delhi, Maharashtra, etc have already announced a lockdown for movie theatres, malls, pubs, and other social gathering places. But with the increase in the number of Covid-19 positive patients in the country, the government announced a lockdown in 75 Indian districts where coronavirus cases were reported.

The graph is on a high curve with a total number of 415 positive cases as of today- 23rd March. 30 new cases have been reported and the morality number has reached 7. Whereas more than 30 are suspected ones who are under treatment & quarantine. India has already seized its borders for other countries and suggested 14 days of quarantine to people who have recently traveled abroad. With the surge in cases over the last three days India is locking down large swaths of the country till the end of this month, as an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus. Following a surge in cases over the last two days. 

However, all the essential services such as medical stores, hospitals and grocery stores have been barred and will be operating. All government offices, educational institutes, autonomous bodies, business establishments, private offices, malls, shops, factories, godowns, and public transport will remain closed in these areas where lockdown has been announced.

Railway has also announced that all passenger & intercity trains have been canceled. However, a few long-distance trains will be running. Delhi has also suspended its metro services but taking care of the convenience of people metros will be running from 6 to 8 in the morning. With effect from today- all the local trains in Mumbai and Kolkata have also been suspended. Whereas public transportation has completely halted.

In order to fight coronavirus PM had already appealed for Janta Curfew on Sunday, which was a success as people along the country supported him by not stepping out of their houses. However, this step is not enough for one day to control the spread of deadly Covid-19 and hence lockdown has been announced in the coronavirus prone areas. 

Source: Bloomberg

List of Districts which are under Lockdown

Andhra Pradesh: Prakasam, Vijaywada, Vizag 

Chandigarh: Chandigarh Chhatisgarh: Raipur

Delhi: Central, East Delhi, North Delhi, North West Delhi, North East Delhi, South Delhi, West Delhi

Gujarat: Kutchh, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad

Haryana: Faridabad, Sonepat, Panchkula, Panipat, Gurugram Himachal Pradesh: Kangra UT of J&K: Srinagar, Jammu 

Karnataka: Bangalore, Chikkaballapura, Mysore, Kodagu, Kalaburgi 

Kerala: Alappuzha, Ernakulam, IDUKI, Kannur, Kasargod, Kottayam,  Mallapuram, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur 

UT of Ladakh: Kargil, Leh 

MP: Jabalpur 

Maharashtra: Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Mumbai Sub-Urb, Pune, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Thane, Yavatmal 

Odisha: Khurda 

Puducherry: Mahe 

Punjab: Hoshiarpur, SAS Nagar, SBS Nagar 

Rajasthan: Bhilwara, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Jaipur 

Tamil Nadu: Chennai, Erode, Kanchipuram 

Telangana: Bhadradri Kothagudam, Hyderabad, Medchai, Ranga reddy, Sanga Reddy 

Uttar Pradesh: Agra, GB Nagar, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Lakhimpur Kheri, Lucknow 

Uttarakhand: Dehradun 

West Bengal: Kolkata, North 24 Parganas

Why was Lockdown needed?

  • The coronavirus can be transmitted easily from one person to another.
  • Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can cause people to avoid or reject others even when they are not affected.
  • It can affect anyone irrespective of age group.
  • The Spread is important to avoid the burden on our health care system.

We have already seen how developed nations such as China, US and Italy are suffering currently, luckily we are away from those numbers and lockdown is the need of time to protect our nation against this deadly virus.