Will the nationwide lockdown end on 14th April? This is a burning question in India as the country has been in lockdown for 16 Days now and this 21 Days lockdown is supposed to end on 14 April, but will it? The answer to this question will depend on What is the situation of COVID-19 outbreak in the coming days India? Odisha has become the 1st state to extend the lockdown till 30 April to curb the outbreak in the state.
Chief Minister Naveen Pathak has said on 9 April, “At this crucial juncture one has to decide between protecting lives of people and economic activity. The state cabinet, which met today, decided that saving the lives of our people is the topmost priority at this juncture.”
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Many other state’s chief ministers have also suggested the Prime Minister to extend the lockdown to protect the citizens from contracting and spreading the COVID-19 disease. Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka are few to name from all the states who have asked the centre to take all necessary steps to control this disease for the better interest of the health of the citizens.
Coronavirus Cases in India
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The Uttar Pradesh government sealed 15 districts identified as the COVID-19 hotspots in the nation till 15 April, that includes the following districts- Lucknow, Noida, Ghaziabad, Sitapur, Kanpur, Agra, Ferozabad, Bareilly, Meerut, Shamli, Saharanpur, Bulandshahr, Varanasi, Maharajganj and Basti.
COVID-19 Outbreak Helpline Numbers
24/7 national helpline can be reached at 1075, 1930, 1944 (dedicated to Northeast), 1800-112-545 and 011-23978046.
WhatsApp helpdesk number: 9013151515.
COVID-19 Hotspots in India
The hindu, has published an article on Coronavirus Hotspots in India stating, “From Kargil in the north to Kanyakumari in the south, and from Porbandar in the west to Lohit in the Northeast, 284 Indian districts have at least one COVID-19 case as of April 8.” The following graph from the same article shows how rapidly the number of cases have increased from 23rd March to 8 April in the COVID-19 hotspots of India.
As citizens, we can do our part in this fight against coronavirus by staying at home, by reducing the possibility of coming into contact with the infection, by reducing the possibility of transmitting it to others. The economy is hit hard worldwide due to this disease, but its lives that matters more than economy at this point in time. If the outbreak doesn’t signals a fading sign, it is highly likely that the curfew or lockdown might get extended; but then again it will be for the safety of the nation.