30 states/UTs announce complete lockdown in the entire state/union territory covering 548 dist to prevent the spread of #CoronavirusPandemic. 3 states (Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha) announce closure of certain areas. Lakshadweep announces lockdown on certain activities pic.twitter.com/vBSQ7ujS9r— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2020
“Today I am compelled to announce a statewide curfew. People were not listening and we are compelled. All district borders sealed, no inter-district transportation allowed as Maharashtra government announces a statewide curfew. All essential services to function and their transportation also allowed but with restrictions,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said.
The states and UTs that are totally locked down are Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Haryana, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Assam, Tripura, Goa, Nagaland, Manipur, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, Ladakh, Daman & Diu & Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Puducherry, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
The states and UTs that have imposed partial shutdown are Uttar Pradesh (17 districts), Madhya Pradesh (37 districts), Odisha (five districts and six municipal jurisdictions) and Lakshadweep. Only two states – Sikkim and Mizoram — are yet to announce any restrictive orders.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked state governments to ensure that rules and regulations of the lockdowns are enforced, ruing that many people are not taking the measure seriously.
“Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request state governments to ensure rules and laws are followed,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.
Amid the efforts of India to contain the virus spread, the nation received a special mention in the press briefing of World Health Organisation (WHO). The global health body said the future of coronavirus pandemic depends on how India handles the crisis. “India eliminated Smallpox and Polio and gave a gift to the world. India has tremendous capacities. India should lead the way and show the world again,” WHO said in its press briefing.