Timeline of India’s Response to COVID-19 Outbreak: Lockdown Extended till 3 May

Prime Minister Narednra Modi has extended the India Lockdown for another 19 days on 14th April 2020. Now the nationwide curfew to keep everyone safe from coronavirus outbreak will continue till 3 May 2020. The PM has laid special imphasis on asking citizens to abide by the curfew rules, maintain social distancing and has asked states to keep strict vigilance on all areas and prevent any hotspot from coming up.

The coronavirus positive case count in India rise to 10,586 out of which 9,022 are reported to be active cases, 358 deaths till 14 April.

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The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has released a comprehensive data on India’s response to COVID-19 outbreak on the official website of The Press Information Bureau pib.gov.in It is stated that “India’s response to COVID-19 has been pre-emptive, pro-active and graded. India had already put in place a comprehensive response system at its borders much before WHO declared it as a public health emergency of international concern (30th January).” The following is the complete timeline of actions taken in the nation to control coronavirus outbreak as published on PIB:

17th Jan: Advisory issued to avoid travel to China

18th Jan: Thermal screening of passengers from China and Hong Kong

30th Jan: Strong advisory issued to avoid travel to China.

3rd Feb: E- visa facility suspended for Chinese citizens.

22nd Feb: Advisory issued to avoid travel to Singapore; Universal screening for flights from Kathmandu, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.

26th Feb: Advisory issued to avoid travel to Iran, Italy and Republic of Korea. Passengers coming from these countries to be screened , and may be quarantined based on screening and risk assessment.

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3rd March: Suspension of all visas for Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and China; Compulsory health screening for passengers arriving directly or indirectly from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan.

4th March: Universal screening of all International Flights. Quarantine or isolation at home or sent to hospital based on screening and risk profile

5th March: Passengers from Italy or Republic of Korea need to get medical certificate before entry

10th March, Home isolation: incoming international passengers should self-monitor health and follow govt. Dos and Don’ts: passengers with travel history to China, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Japan, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Iran, Malaysia, France, Spain and Germany to undergo home quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival.

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11th March: Compulsory Quarantine- Incoming travellers (including Indians) arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after 15th February, 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days.

16 March: Expanded compulsory quarantine for travellers from or through UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait for a minimum of 14 days. Travel of passengers from member countries of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and United Kingdom to India totally prohibited

17 March: Travel of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines, Malaysia  prohibited

19 March: All Incoming international flights suspended, with effect from 22nd March

25th March: extension of suspension of all incoming International Flights to India extended till 14th April 2020

Click Here to Read the Official Report on PIB

The following events in the nation took place after 25th March after the PIB report:

2nd April: Government of India launches ArogyaSetu App to track Covid 19 infection

3rd April: Direct cash transfer to women PMJDY account holders.

8th April: Indian Railways introduces 109 time tabled parcel trains over 58 routes to connect all important centres.

9th April: The government launches a training module for management of COVID-19 named “Integrated Government Online training (iGOT) portal on DIKSHA platform of MHRD. Government sanctions Rs. 15000 crore for India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package.

Order placed for 1.7 crore PPE and 49,000 ventilators, 20 domestic manufacturers developed to supply PPE: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

10th April: IIT (BHU)’s innovation centre makes full body sanitization device

11th April: EPFO puts in place online mechanism to credit EPF and EPS Account of subscribers as per Gareeb Kalyan Yojna

12th April: As against requirement of 1,671 beds as per cases today, we have more than 1.05 lakh dedicated COVID-19 beds in 601 dedicated COVID hospitals: Health Ministry

14th April: India lockdown extended till 3 May 2020

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