NEW DELHI: The government on Sunday evening imposed a partial shutdown in most parts of the country as the death toll from the novel coronavirus reached seven and the number of positive cases touched 415. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the people to strictly adhere to the lockdown advisories. The Union government has asked the states to initiate legal action against the violators.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has announced a statewide curfew as people were flouting lockdown restrictions. All district borders in the states have been sealed and no inter-district transportation will be allowed. All essential services will remain functional and their transportation also allowed but with restrictions.
The Jharkhand government on Monday announced starting more than 350 "khichdi" centres across the state to help the needy people during lockdown period till March 31 in view of coronavirus pandemic. The state government is already running 377 "Dal-Bhat" (rice and pulse) centres since its inception after polls in November-December last year.
The Supreme Court on Monday said it was mulling over shutting down its functioning and considering to hear urgent matters through virtual means. The top court said that by Tuesday evening, all lawyers' chambers in and around the apex court premises would be sealed. A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said the apex court administration would temporarily cancel all proximity cards to dissuade lawyers from coming to the court.
Delhi will be under a complete lockdown from 6am on Monday till the midnight of March 31, as part of strict measures to check the spread of coronavirus, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Sunday. People engaged in non-essential services who are not going out to avail of essential services will not be allowed to travel even in private vehicles, the government said. Delhi’s border with Haryana and UP will be sealed. “People who come out to provide or avail of essential services will be allowed on their self-declaration,” the order said. The government has clarified that no document will be sought from a person who is out to provide or avail of any essential service.
The US has seen a significant spike in coronavirus cases with the total confirmed infections jumping to nearly 34,000 while over 400 fatalities were recorded, even as one in every three Americans has been told to stay home. According to Worldometer, a website which compiles new cases of COVID-19, till Sunday evening at least 33,546 Americans, including Republican Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul, were confirmed infected with coronavirus while the death toll increased to 419.