More areas of India came under lockdown on Monday as the battle against Covid-19 entered a decisive phase with governments of Maharashtra and Punjab imposing curfew across their states. Regimes like the Pinarayi Vijayan government in Indias second worst-hit state Kerala —which had dithered on the Centres directive to lock down 10 affected districts just 24 hours ago — also decided to follow other states on Monday by ordering complete shutdown of the state till March 31. Other states where total lockdown was imposed on Monday were Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Manipur.
On Sunday, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, J&K, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Arunachal, Nagaland and Mizoram had ordered total lockdown. According to information provided by the Centre, 30 governments have imposed complete lockdown in the entire state/Union territory, covering 548 districts. Another three governments have brought certain areas under lockdown, covering total 58 districts.
As a result, 606 of Indias 728 districts are under lockdown. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray imposed a curfew in the entire state with immediate effect on Monday after imposition of Section 144 of CrPC in urban areas a day earlier proved to be ineffective with private vehicles back on the street in large numbers. “We are forced to impose a curfew. Also, the use of private vehicles, taxis and autorickshaws will be restricted only to the extent of procuring essential commodities, health services and other emergency reasons,” he said.
Only one person besides the driver will be allowed in private vehicles. Justifying the strict measures while referring to the janata curfew on Sunday for which PM Modi had given a call, Thackeray said, “We are putting these restrictions only for some time and for the benefit of the state.
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