At the moment, India is making an attempt the world’s greatest social-distancing train. However for now, it would solely final for 14 hours.
Why is it taking place?
It is the most recent try by the federal government to stall the fast unfold of Covid-19. It may additionally point out that the federal government is testing the waters on whether or not an official curfew may really be imposed throughout the nation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has saved up a gentle stream of tweets since early morning, asking residents to remain inside. “The steps we take now will assist in the occasions to come back. Keep indoors and keep wholesome,” he stated.
What India is like in the present day:
Social media has been flooded with pictures of well-known areas which are often full of individuals — however in the present day are eerily quiet.
In India, the place staples like rice, flour and pulses have at all times been purchased in bulk, the concern of a lockdown has spurred individuals to double their standard orders.
Native grocery retailers — seen on each road — proceed to function however with fewer objects on their cabinets.
Modi has requested Indians to carry a salute to medical professionals, emergency well being care supplier and authorities officers on Sunday night. Tens of millions are anticipated to ring bells and clap to honor their work.
Who can be affected by the ‘public curfew’:
The individuals who can be most affected are those that depend upon a gentle each day wage to place meals on the desk — together with individuals who work as rickshaw pullers or road hawkers.
That is additionally an issue for customers. In a rustic the place tinned meals is nearly non-existent, each family depends on the native hawkers who push carts piled with greens every morning by way of the neighborhood.
What is the greater image in India:
Greater than 320 individuals have contracted coronavirus in India.
Up to now few weeks, India has taken unprecedented steps to close down its borders, cancel visas and ban passengers from sure nations from getting into Indian airspace.