With the lethal coronavirus claiming around 15,000 lives globally, the infection toll of COVID-19 in India alone rose to 415.
The Government is going all out drastically to war against the novel Coronavirus while imposing state lockdowns, confinements and quarantines, along with the Central Government issuing warning of legal action against defaulters who fail to comply with laws made in purview to enforce and curtail the life-taking pandemic.
The state of Punjab was the first in the country to impose a curfew to combat the spread of lethal coronavirus, as masses ignored the lock down orders, warnings, advisory and failed to sensitize with the gravity of the pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged state governments to ensure that rules and regulations of the COVID-19 lockdown are enforced as he noted that citizens are failing to comply with and are not taking preventive measures seriously.
Taking to twitter, PM Modi tweeted in Hindi saying, “Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request state governments to ensure rules and laws are followed.”
While the world faces an unprecedented situation with fear and panic grappling many due the the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s Central and State governments have decided to take all possible and extraordinary measures and impose restrictions to tackle the spread of this disease.
States like Delhi, Jharkhand, and Nagaland have declared a statewide lockdown while similar curbs were announced in states like Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Several states, including Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, had earlier imposed a partial or complete lockdown.
Around 80 districts across the country, including Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai have been placed under travel and movement restrictions with authorities suspending all passenger transportations, i.e. trains and inter-state bus services till March 31 in wake of rising cases of Coronavirus.
While the Centre has issued state governements to take legal actions against defaulters who fail to comply by law, the Press Information Bureau, government’s communication wing, took to Twitter and tweeted, “States have been asked to strictly enforce the lockdown in the areas where it has been announced. Legal action will be taken against violators,”