Coronavirus Lockdown 2.0 – On 14 April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Lockdown 2.0 for India, which is the extension of the nationwide curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus disease. The extension in the lockdown was aniticipated as number of cases in the nation crosses 10,000 mark on tuesday, 14 April. PM has announced that India will stay under complete lockdown till 3 May 2020 and all states must ensure that rules and guidlines for social distancing are enfored strictly and no new hotsopts are emerged of COVID-19 disease.
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Coronavirus Lockdown 2.0
Coronavirus Lockdown 2.0 comes with a slight relief for the economy as certain exemptions have been considered by the Prime Minister. The agriculture sector and farmers were amognst the ones who were badly affected due to the previous lockdown, this time exceptions have been proposed in harvest and procurement, transportation of harvest/procured products, and processing of certain essential food items.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured the citizens via tweeting on 14 April, that the nation has enough stocks of essential commodities including food, and medicines.
देश के गृह मंत्री के नाते मैं जनता को पुनः आश्वस्त करता हूँ कि देश में अन्न, दवाई व अन्य रोजमर्रा की चीज़ों का प्रयाप्त भण्डार है, इसलिए किसी भी नागरिक को परेशान होने की आवश्यकता नहीं है। साथ ही संपन्न लोगों से निवेदन करता हूँ कि आप आगे आकर आसपास रहने वाले गरीबों की सहायता करें।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) April 14, 2020
The ministry of social justice and empowerment has started a nationwide survey to gauge whether the basic essentials are reaching the most vulnerable sections and centre has disbursed funds to the states to give scholarships, fellowships and pensions to different sections.
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PM Modi in his speach has also mentioned that the area with no hotspots of COVID-19 disease will be given some relaxations in the lockdown peroid after April 20. “Localities that pass this agni pariksha and do not allow the disease to spread, can get permission for some essential activities,” PM Modi said
मैं आपका साथ मांग रहा हूं। सात बातों में आपका साथ…
यह सप्तपदी विजय प्राप्त करने का मार्ग है।
पूरी निष्ठा के साथ 3 मई तक लॉकडाउन के नियमों का पालन करें, जहां हैं, वहीं रहें, सुरक्षित रहें। pic.twitter.com/QTSPWx1aRH
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 14, 2020
The Economic Times, reported that World’s biggest lockdown may have cost Rs 7-8 lakh crore to Indian economy. Barclays (a British multinational investment bank and financial services company) has said that the extended coronavirus lockdown in India may cause $234.4 billion economic loss.
Red, orange, green zones may come up during extended lockdown
It is also believed that the centre or states themselves may categorize area into red, oragne and green zones corresponding to the severity of coronavirus outbreak with red being the highest and green being the lowest.
Red zones (area with highest no. of COVID-19 cases)– no activity will be allowed
Orange Zones (areas with few reported cases)– minimum activities can be allowed like limited public transport, harvesting of farm products.
Green Zones (areas with NO reported cases)– MSME can be allowed to function with in-house lodging facilities for employees also by maintaining guidlines of social distancing and sanitisation.
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