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Coronavirus: India under 21-day lockdown beginning tonight, PM Modi says

Centre has warned of legal action against those violating the lockdown which has been enforced till March 31 to curtail the pandemic.

By: Express Web Desk | Beijing, Mumbai, New Delhi, Paris | Updated: March 25, 2020 1:21:15 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country will go under lockdown starting midnight for 21 days. (Illustration)

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday announced a full country-wide lockdown, starting from midnight, till 21 days. “If we are not able to manage the upcoming 21 days, we will be pushed back 21 years,” the PM said in an address to the nation. The number of cases in India has risen to 536, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) confirmed. The death toll across the country stands at 10.

Minutes after the PM’s declaration, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) clarified ration shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder will remain open during the lockdown. The list of exemptions includes delivery of all essential goods, petrol pumps, ATMs and more.

Centre has also warned of legal action against those violating the lockdown which has been enforced till March 31 to curtail the pandemic. Violators could either face a fine of Rs 1,000 or a jail term of six months if they do not abide by the lockdown orders, the government said. All domestic commercial flights would remain suspended from Wednesday to restrict inter-state movement as a precautionary measure.

Globally, 16,572 people have died due to the pandemic and a total of 381,293 positive cases have been confirmed. While Italy has reported the highest number of deaths at 6,077 and the number of positive cases at 63,927, China has reported 3,153 deaths and 81,514 cases so far. Also, Spain has reported 2,311 deaths, Iran 1,812, France 860 and UK 335.

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India has reported 10 deaths and 536 positive cases while the global death toll is 16,572 so far. Follow coronavirus updates from across the world here. Read in Malayalam

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People gathered outside a grocery shop at Kurla in Mumbai after PM Modi’s address to nation on Tuesday.  
(Express Photo by Pradip Das)
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23:03 (IST)24 Mar 2020
Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray gives assurance regarding operation of essential services during lockdown

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22:38 (IST)24 Mar 2020
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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has asked people to not step out of their houses as essential commodities including — vegetables, milk, fruits, medicines and the likes will be delivered to people's doorsteps from Wednesday. "From tomorrow vegetables, milk, fruits, medicines and other essential commodities will be delivered to your doorsteps for which we have identified more than 10,000 vehicles. I appeal to you to not go to the market to buy essential items."

"I would like to assure the 23 crore people of Uttar Pradesh that we have enough stock of essential items like vegetables,milk, medicines etc. For the safety of you and your family don't step out of your houses & maintain social distance," he said.

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People rush to petrol pumps, medical stores ahead of 21-day lockdown

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In less than 20 minutes the store in Vadodara had run out of items like wheat, milk powder, sugar, tea, etc. (Express photo: Aditi Raja)

People rush to nearby shops in Kolkata. (Express photo)

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India 21-day lockdown: All transport to be closed; all places of worship to be shut

  • All transport services - air, rail, roadways - will remain suspended, except transportation for essential goods and fire, law and order and other emergencies.
  • Hospitals and all related medical establishments will remain functional. Transportation for all medical personnel will be permitted.
  • All educational, training, research, coaching institutions to remain closed.
  • All places of worship shall be closed for public. No religious congregations will be permitted.

21:40 (IST)24 Mar 2020
Ration shops to remain open during 21-day lockdown: MHA guidelines

Commercial and private establishments shall be closed down, except: 

* Ration shops (under PDS) dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder.

* Banks, insurance offices and ATMs.

* Print and electronic media. 

* Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services. IT and IT enabled servcies (for essential services) and as far as possible to work from home.

* Delivery of all essential goods - food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through E-commerce.

* Petrol pumps, LPG, Petroleum gas retail and storage outlets.

* Capital and debt market servcies as notified by SEBI.

* Power generation, transmission, and distribution units and services.

* Cold storage and warehousing services.

*Private security services. 

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Minutes after his speech, PM Modi urges not to panic, says essential items will be available

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Scenes across India after PM Modi declares 21-day lockdown

Minutes after PM Modi declared a country-wide lockdown starting midnight, people scrambled to nearby shops to buy essentials. People rush to stores in Vadodara (Express photo)Shops in Pune witness crowds pouring in after PM's announcement on lockdown (Express photo)

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MHA to issue guidelines of measures, exceptions to essential services

The Ministry of Home Affairs will shortly issue guidelines of effective measures and exceptions to the essential services during this 21-day lockdown. There will shortly be an MHA 24/7 hotline to assist states during this period.

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PM Modi address to nation: Don't take medicines without consulting doctors

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India's 30 states and Union Territories including Delhi, Chandigarh, West Bengal, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Assam, Uttarakhand etc. have gone into a lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. The state governments imposed a state-wide curfew, starting Monday, a day after the country observed "Janata curfew".

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman extended the last date for filing income tax returns for FY19 to June 30 while assuring that the government would soon come out with an economic package amid businesses and commercial activities taking a hit due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The government has also extended the last date for linking PAN with Aadhaar to June 30 from March 31. Sitharaman said the Vivad se Vishwas tax dispute resolution scheme had been extended by three months to June 30. Those availing the scheme by the extended deadline will not have to pay 10 per cent interest on the principal amount.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday urged people to take the lockdown seriously. “Some people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, your family by following instructions seriously. I request the states to ensure enforcement of the rules and laws,” Modi tweeted.

In Maharashtra, where cases rose to 97, with the sharpest rise of 23 in a day, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced curfew-like measures, issuing strict orders for people to keep indoors, and sealing borders. Violators could either face a fine of Rs 1,000 or a jail term of six months if they do not abide by the lockdown orders which have been imposed across states in view of the rising coronavirus cases in the country, the government said on Monday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday warned that the coronavirus pandemic is clearly "accelerating", but said it was still possible to "change the trajectory" of the outbreak.

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