India's lockdown smackdown: Cops smash curfew violators as country's 1.3 billion people are told to stay indoors over coronavirus, leaving streets empty amid fears a MILLION could die
The world's largest de acy went under the world's biggest lockdown Wednesday, with India's 1.3 billion people ordered to stay home in a bid to stop coronavirus overwhelming the country's fragile healthcare system.
Police used rattan canes to beat people into compliance as New Delhi's typically bustling streets and train station were all-but cleared of people in an unprecedented move to try and slow the spread of the disease.
India has so far reported a relatively small number of cases - 500 - compared to European nations that are reporting figures well into the tens of thousands, but there are fears that generally cramped living conditions, poverty, poor hygiene and a creaking healthcare system could quickly cause it to run out of control.
'We expect 55 percent of the Indian people will get Covid-19 infection,' Dr SP Kalantri, superintendent of a large hospital in central India, told Vox. 'If the current disease trajectory is anything to go by, we expect 1 million or 2 million deaths in India over a one-year period.'
Announcing the lockdown Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that only essential services such as water, electricity, health services, fire services, groceries and municipal services will be allowed to operate.
All shops, commercial establishments, factories, workshops, offices, markets and places of worship will be closed and interstate buses and metros will be suspended. Construction activity will also be halted.
'According to health experts, a minimum of 21 days is most crucial to break the cycle of infection. If we are not able to manage this pandemic in the next 21 days, the country and your family will be setback by 21 years. If we are not able to manage the next 21 days, then many families will be destroyed forever,' Modi said.
The lockdown means that roughly a third of the world's population - or 2.6billion people - are now living under some kind of restriction imposed because of coronavirus, half of them in India.
While police were strict at enforcing the lockdown in the country's metropolises, there were fears that the lockdown could inadvertently cause the disease to spread to the countryside as migrant workers packed on to buses to avoid being locked down away from their families.
Meanwhile India's colossal passenger railway system has come to a halt as officials take emergency measures to keep the coronavirus pandemic from spreading in the country of 1.3 billion.
The railway system is often described as India's lifeline, transporting 23 million people across the vast subcontinent each day, some 8.4 billion passengers each year.
Health officials have reported 512 cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, and at least nine deaths.
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fieldhouset, blackpool, United Kingdom, 5 hours ago
What a great time to get the streets cleaned and try and keep it that way
MYOB_Please, AnyTown, United States, 5 hours ago
Good for India.
Vouti, makati, Philippines, 6 hours ago
If needed why not.
JohnUKhere, Here, United Kingdom, 7 hours ago
Italy in it's first few weeks had ups and downs like this and look where they are now, it means nothing.
bob, China, China, 7 hours ago
I love india..
Commonsense_82, London, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
That's how you do a lockdown .
debbie59, Melbourne, Australia, 8 hours ago
But where will the homeless go, where do they take refuge?
Dave Ren, Nowhere special, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
But... They nearly all live in the streets...
P.J, Auckland, New Zealand, 9 hours ago
Harsh but works.
pc2147, The North, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
Time to do this here.
amp83, Kattegat , United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
I feel sorry for the poor the homeless and the street kids where are they
SaxAfterLunch13, NYC, United States, 10 hours ago
It's kind hilarious and not funny at the same time to see grown people get beaten, as if they are children, with sticks...Oh Dearrr!!!
erzulimami, Boston, United States, 10 hours ago
Wow, that picture takes me back to childhood, LOL
Surreymumsy, Woking, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
After seeing people out today, the humiliating circles on the road would be a great idea. When will people learn
SilverIce, Hillarys Made-Up Bot Farm, Germany, 10 hours ago
Poor India. It will spread like a wildfire if it takes hold. Hopefully the warmer weather will keep it at bay.
Buju Banton, Kingston, Jamaica, 10 hours ago
That is the approach we need to adopt in the UK.
iamaneagle , london, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
I like it
Seeensomesh, Manly, Isle Of Man, 10 hours ago
They need that here
pernicketypat, Scotland, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
There is no fear in this country so people do as they please.We need a deterrent to keep idiots off the streets so lives are saved.
My Name Is Bob, New York, United States, 10 hours ago
That's never going to happen in American. Police will not beat people with rattan sticks just because they disobey quarantine. Give them a massive fine and I guarantee they will disperse and remain indoors.
Sunny aka Sanj, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
And that's the way to do it! Well done India police
KevintheG, London, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
Physical punishment is clearly not the way to solve the problem. And it's also violent of h an rights, as people might be going out for food and other necessities.
Bill.A.Champion, London, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
It's what we need here...
daisysays, York, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
Don't let's push our police to behave like this, listen to Boris
Frank_Britain, Eastgate, United Kingdom, 6 hours ago
I wish our Police were allowed to act robustly - criminals and law breakers would quake with fear
davidhill, winchester, Spain, 11 hours ago
Unfortunately, I suspect the mortality rate in India will quickly exceed the current global total.
dr_ron, grand forks, United States, 9 hours ago
Many in India live on the street.
Vivelo, here, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
More effective than a 30 quid fine.
cubcub83, Glasgow , United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
Because fines don't work in India, no one could pay them and its brutal force for most things.
Clic, Cockaigne., United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
500 cases and 9 deaths? Hope they are being honest!