Finally, the 21-day lockdown is going to end in a day amid the government’s busy preparations to fight the spreading virus.
However, looking at the updates, this will just be an end of the Phase-1 lockdown.
As the cases continued to rise across the nation, various state governments have decided to extend their lockdown further until April 30, 2020.
While some of them have already announced this, a few are still in the thought process.
And, the Center is also due to say something about the nationwide lockdown on April 13, 2020.
Whatever, India is entering into the Phase-2 lockdown in a day period.
But the government’s focus in the ‘Coronavirus Lockdown 2.0’ is going to be ‘life and livelihood’.
While saving lives through lockdown measures, the government is also keeping a close watch on economic status and is likely to resume industrial activity in a phase-wise manner.
First in the line to receive relaxation will be agriculture, factories and goods transportation.
The first thing that the Center wanted to ensure is uninterrupted procurement of agricultural harvests and produce.
Coming to factories, the government is likely to allow workers to resume their work by maintaining social distancing. In this regard, the government is also thinking of special transport to bring migrants back to work.
Cargo movement of goods is also most likely to be encouraged, along with will fishing.
“The form of the lockdown from April 15 will be different. Activity in some areas will be relaxed,” Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Haryana is thinking of dividing the state into three different zones, Red, Orange and Green, based on the number of cases.
Of this, the industrial center Gurgaon is falling under Red zone and the containment zone.
Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Gurgoan, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad are among other major metropolitan cities likely to have less relaxation.
“Mumbai and Delhi are now reporting the highest number of infected cases… Both metros are under heavy containment. Pune is also a major worry,” says a senior central government.
Meanwhile, Joint Health Secretary Lal Agarwal says the resurgence of cases in China, Japan and South Korea is a concern to India.
“We have to ensure our social distancing and containment measures are there as any relaxation in the same can reduce our effect and output,” adds Agarwal.
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