India on the 26th of March, reported a total of 649 Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 cases and 13 casualties.
The virus affected 4,56,000 people globally and claimed 20,600 lives. The disease which was first discovered in China has become a pandemic with no strong and proven cure. While scientists and doctors are trying to make a vaccine or antidote for the virus, governments of several nations are on their toes to fight the situation in every possible way.
The Indian Government ceased all transport services, export and import, domestic and international flights and announced a nationwide lockdown, till the 15th of April.
Despite the lockdown, the situation is getting worse day by day. In just one day, India reported 93 new cases and 3 deaths. While Goa had 0 number of positive cases, it reported 3 positive COVID-19 cases on the 26th of March.
Meanwhile, Kashmir reported its first death on the 26th of March, with eleven active cases of COVID-19 . State police were deployed to ensure citizens did not violate the lockdown guidelines.
Many are worried about the lockdown and panic buying of essential commodities however, the Indian Government eased the buying of essential commodities.
Under the lockdown guidelines, shops and services which would be available on a regular basis are:
- Ration Shops
- Fruits and Vegetable shops
- Dairy and milk booths
- Banks and ATMs
- Government facilities, electricity, water and sanitation
- Petrol pumps and manufacturing units for essential commodities.
Listed items and shops would be available to the citizens and they can buy them accordingly. The lockdown has been imposed till the 15th of April.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the lockdown as a precautionary measure to control the spread of the virus.
Stay tuned for further updates about the COVID-19.