Reportedly with increasing cases of people getting infected by the novel coronavirus, a group of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have written to prime minister narendra modi suggesting a lockdown starting as early as march 20 across the impacted cities for two to three weeks.
"Govt should impose 2-3 week lockdown with section 144 across major impacted cities right away, and be prepared for a second lockdown later," said the presentation. It noted that although the containment activities like travel restrictions should continue, "we might need a lot more, and sooner rather than later." The entrepreneurs suggested that the first lockdown should be implemented from march 20 to april 12, following which april 13-May 17 should be a precautionary phase with social distancing. They have suggested a second lockdown from May 18 to May 31 and said that starting june 1 the curbs can be lifted in a phased manner.
During the lockdown, the government should continuously advise people to quarantine themselves at home and carry out the best personal hygiene practices and they also urged the government to maintain a supply chain of essential goods and services, including food, medicine, healthcare access, public transport, cash availability in ATMs.In india, the total number of coronavirus cases has reached 147 with 130 active cases as of wednesday morning according to the Union health Ministry. These include 122 indians and 25 foreigners. A total of three deaths have been reported so far in india, one each in delhi, maharashtra and Karnataka. Across the nation, 14 patients have been cured and discharged.