The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has ordered the entire country of 1.3 billion individuals to follow a 24-hour long curfew. This curfew would be imposed along with a complete suspension of international arrivals in India. Both these “extreme” measures are to get rid of rising coronavirus cases in the country.
In the address to Indians, PM Modi said that this curfew would be imposed on coming Sunday at 7:00 AM and would last till 9:00 PM the same day. This curfew, though not completely effective is just a test to analyze India’s capacity to manage a rapidly growing pandemic. Although it is not possible to completely eradicate the virus from such a huge country in one day; however it could highlight some necessary areas that are otherwise hidden or ignored for effectively managing the coronavirus cases in India.
Modi said this “extreme” measure is in the best interest of India and it would help the government to evaluate itself and take necessary and more effective steps in the future. As to the Indian government, there are only 173 confirmed coronavirus cases and 4 deaths, till this day. However, the general public is extremely anxious about the rapidly growing patients worldwide. This panic is leading to cause a huge rush on departmental stores and food shops, the essentials at these stores are on the verge of being short.
The prime minister has advised all people to stay at their home and try not to go out unnecessarily. It might take a few weeks to be in this self-quarantine but at least it would save them from the coronavirus pandemic. He further said; “If you feel you won’t be affected or infected, you are wrong.” He also educates the nation on coronavirus transmission by saying that; “you will be endangering your family and the community and I request every citizen to stay home for the next few weeks.”
The coronavirus outbreak is deadly in other countries like China and Iran, but India is trying all ways to avoid getting the larger population affected by it. In case the situation goes out of the hands, 1.3 billion people would be at risk.
PM Modi’s 29-minute long address to the public has been broadcast after a few hours when the government has made the announcement on suspension of international flights. It said that it won’t allow any international flying company to land here in India for at least one week. But there are chances that this time period would be extended. This international flight ban would be in effect from this Sunday.
The government has advised all senior citizens, especially those who are above 65 years of age and kids who are below 10 years of age to take special care and be at home. These two groups are at the highest risk of coronavirus thus need more care and precautions than adults.
Indian states are ordered to cope up with the government in this coronavirus control plan and their employees are advised not to show up at offices, rather work from their houses.
In addition to this, New Delhi is working on visa suspension of all international travelers and tourists especially from the most adversely affected countries i.e. Italy. People coming from other international destinations are to be put in a 14-day quarantine as soon as they land in India.
Most of the education centers, schools, colleges, universities, cinemas, and other entertainment cores are shut by the government. Popular tourist sites such as the Taj Mahal have also been closed for all visitors. All these steps are to prevent coronavirus pandemic to hit India. However, it is too early to say if these steps would be any help or not.