The lethal COVID-19 has infected a total of 512 people across India and claimed nine lives so far, according to the Health Ministry.
Leaving no stone unturned, the Central Government on March 24th, 2020, declared a complete lockdown for 21 days with effect from March 24th, 2020, midnight.
Appealing the people to restrain themselves from stepping out, the PM appealed to maintain social distancing. While seeking cooperation of the citizens for combating the spread of the coronavirus, the PM urged the citizens not to believe in rumours and panic.
PM Modi assured the people that the essential services and commodities including groceries, medical, LPG, water, electricity will remain accessible during the lockdown.
Meanwhile, in Assam, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) started sprinkling disinfectant at identified places of the city from March 24th, 2020.
Read the guidelines:
- All educational, training, research coaching institutions, etc shall remain closed.
- All places of worship shall be closed for public. No religious congregation will be permitted without any exception.
- All social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions, gatherings shall be barred.
- In case of funerals, congregation of not more than 20 persons will be permitted.
- All persons who have arrived into India after February 15, 2020 and all such persons who have been directed by health care personnel to remain under strict home / institutional quarantine for a period as decided by local health authorities, failing which they will be liable to legal action under Section 188 of the IPC.
- All enforcing authorities to note that these strict restrictions fundamentally relate to movement of people, but not to that of essential goods.
- Any person violating these containment measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51- 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, besides, legal action under Section 188 of the IPC
- The above containment measures remain in force in all parts of the country for a period of 21 days with effect from March 25.
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