PM Narendra Modi declared a three-week nationwide lockdown starting midnight Tuesday, explaining that it was the only way of breaking the Covid-19 infection cycle. This essentially extended the lockdown from most states and Union Territories to the entire country and provided a more definite timeline. “Social distancing is the only way to break the cycle of infection,” he said.All other lockdown conditions, such as the availability of essential commodities, remain the same, the government clarified.
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Corona by Due to Lose
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a three-week complete lockdown of the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infections in the country. The equity markets were in the red early into the trade on Wednesday, down 0.47 per cent. “We estimate that the cumulative shutdown cost around $120 billion or 4 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP),” British brokerage Barclays said in a note, revising down its FY21 growth forecast by 1.7 percentage points to 3.5 per cent. It specified the cost of the three-week nationwide lockdown to be alone at $90 billion, which is over and above the lockdowns announced by various states like Maharashtra earlier. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while announcing some measures to help the economy on Tuesday, had hinted that an economic aid package is in the making.Analysts at Barclays said the government will most likely invoke the cause for natural calamities under the fiscal prudence framework in FY21 and estimated the fiscal deficit to come at 5 per cent of GDP versus the 3.5 per cent budget target.
Corona Test & Cost
The world is currently being corrupted by Corona. More than one million people are currently infected with the coronavirus. Self-isolation is the only recommended way for everyone to escape the disease that has spread from China. It is best to isolate ourselves to know if we are sick or not. This can prevent spreading to others,Neither blood nor urine will be tested for coronary examination. They take the mucus in our nose and test it. One might think that they would usually ask for blood or urine to check for infection, However, one does not ask for blood or urine to detect this COVID-19 virus. It can even be said that this test is a bit rude. But it’s something that can be done soon. But more than all this, the most important thing. What’s more, don’t forget to review your symptoms several times before you go for a test.The COVID-19 test will only collect one’s nose. They pass a long tube into the nose and pick up mucus in the throat. If this examination is necessary, it is to remain calm. It does not take 10 to 15 seconds to take. The mucus taken is placed in a container and sent to the laboratory. The National Task Force has recommended that the maximum fee for the Corona test not exceed Rs 4,500. This includes Rs 1,500 as a screening test and an additional Rs 3,000 as confirmation test. This makes Corona experiments in a total of 116 laboratories in the country. After testing, you will be urged to join immediately based on your travel list. Prepare yourself for anxiety, even if the test results are positive. You can take whatever blanket, water or household food you need. Rest is a very necessary thing. The government will do your best to keep your accommodation clean.
21 Days India under Lockdown
All central and state government offices, commercial and private establishments among others will remain closed, barring some exceptions, to contain the spread of the pandemic.Amid the growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his second address to the nation announced a complete lockdown for 21 days.
All central and state government offices, commercial and private establishments among others will remain closed, barring some exceptions, to contain the virus that has claimed 10 lives so far and infected more than 500 persons nationwide.
Offices of central government
All offices of the government of India, its autonomous/subordinate offices and public corporations will be closed for the next 21 days.
However, offices related to defence, central armed police forces, treasury, public utilities like petroleum, CNG, LPG, PNG, disaster management, power generation and transmission, post offices, National Informatics Centre, Early Warning Agencies will remain open. These offices are advised to work with a minimum number of employees.
Offices of state government
Across all states, offices of the police, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services, disaster management and prisons will remain functional. The district administration and treasury will also continue to work.
Offices to ensure electricity, water, sanitation will also function and remain open. Staff required for essential services like sanitation, personnel related to water supply, etc, in municipal bodies will remain open. They are advised to work with a minimum number of employees.
Air travel, railways and roadways will stopped for the next 21 days, the transportation of essential good will continue to operate. In addition, fire, law and order and emergency services will remain open.
All hospitals and related medical establishments of the public and private sector like laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance, including their manufacturing and distribution units, will remain open and functional.
Commercial and private establishments
All ration shops (under PDS), and shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder will remain open, although governments are encouraged to facilitate home delivery.
Banks, insurance offices, and ATMs will remain open.
Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services will function as is, while IT and IT enabled Services only (for essential services) are encouraged to work from home.
Delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment will be done through E-commerce.
Petrol pumps, LPG, Petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets will remain open.
Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services in the private sector will provide electricity.
Cold storage and warehousing services will remain open, and so will private security services.
To provide interrupted supply of essential commodities, all of their manufacturing units will remain open. Production units may function after obtaining required permission from state government.
Hotels, home stays, lodges and motels, which are accommodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea crew will remain open.
No Online Shopping
If you are thinking of doing some online shopping or waiting for a courier package for an order you placed a few days ago, we would urge you to not hold your breath. As the India lockdown kicks in today because of the Coronavirus pandemic, online stores are still not sure about how to procure supplies, how to deliver them to your home and what the specific guidelines for those processes are. As of now, Flipkart and Grofers, for instance, are unavailable for business. They aren’t the only ones. While Amazon is still offering what it claims are essential items, chances are you won’t get them either. There are multiple reasons why this is happening with the online shopping stores. First, India is in a first of its kind lockdown which means that more than 1.3 billion people have to stay indoors for the next 21 days, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi late yesterday. Secondly, there is no clarity on exactly what comprises “essential services” that the government insists are exempt—expect some clarity in the coming days. Third, online and offline stores aren’t exactly sure how the supplies for essentials would come in. And last but not least, the delivery executives for companies delivering these essential services will need to have clarity on whether their movement is allowed or not. And one of the biggest reasons for this is people have, arguably, done panic buying in the past few hours and days, which has put shopping websites and their delivery partners under tremendous weight to deliver the order while supplies may be restricted. Online Shoppings is completely closed for business. They say services have been temporarily suspended while promising to be back and urging everyone to stay home and stay safe. The company makes no promises on the timeline though, at this time.
21 Days Newspaper also Lockdown
The night after Prime Minister Modi’s announcement of a complete 21-day-long lockdown in view of COVID-19 pandemic across the country, many Indians woke up to the fact that newspapers were not delivered on their doorsteps.
PM Modi in his address to the nation on Tuesday evening announced a complete lockdown for 21 days to arrest the spread of the Coronavirus which has claimed 11 lives so far in India and the number of cases has spiked to 562. He, however, maintained that the essential supplies will be maintained and there will no shortage.
In view of the virus scare, many resident welfare associations in Delhi had already banned the entry of outsiders in the apartment societies, a move deemed necessary for social distancing. Some had even asked the vendors to stop delivering newspapers for some time as it may spread infection, even though there is no clarity if newspapers are carriers of the infection.
According to reports, no newspapers have been printed in the financial capital Mumbai for the third consecutive day today as the vendors refused to deliver newspapers over fears of contracting the infection.
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