India PM plans staggered exit from vast coronavirus lockdown
By Sanjeev Miglani and Waruna Karunatilake
NEW DELHI/COLOMBO (Reuters) - India will pull out of a three-week lockdown in phases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, as officials battle to contain the country's biggest cluster of coronavirus infections in the capital, New Delhi.
The shutdown, which has brought Asia's third-largest economy to a shuddering halt, had been due to end on April 14.
Modi ordered India's 1.3 billion people indoors to avert a massive outbreak of coronavirus infections, but the world's biggest shutdown has left millions without jobs and forced migrant workers to flee to their villages for food and shelter.
He told state chief ministers that the shutdown had helped limit infections but that the situation remained far from satisfactory around the world and there could be a second wave.
"Prime minister said that it is important to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the population once lockdown ends," the go nment quoted him as saying in a video conference.
India has had 2,069 confirmed infections, of whom 53 have died, low figures by comparison with the United States, China, Italy and Spain.
But the big worry is the emergence of a cluster in Delhi because of a gathering held by a Muslim missionary group last month that has spawned dozens of cases across the country, officials said.
Thousands of people visited the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat in a cramped corner of Delhi over several days in March, including delegates from Muslim-majority countries Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh.
About 9,000 people linked to the Tablighi have been tracked down including 1,300 foreigners and transferred to either quarantine centres or hospitals, a top official said.
"This has emerged as a critical node in our fight against the coronavirus," the official leading the operation to trace potential virus carriers told Reuters. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
Its leader, Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, issued an audio message to his followers asking them to cooperate with the go nment to fight the disease.
"We have to take precautions, follow the guidance of the doctors and give full support to the go nment such as not crowding into places," he said. "This is not against the principles of Islam."
Following is data on the spread of the coronavirus in South Asia, according to go nment figures:
-Pakistan has registered 2,386 cases, including 32 deaths.
-India has registered 2,069 cases, including 53 deaths.
-Sri Lanka has registered 151 cases, including three deaths.
-Afghanistan has registered 259 cases, including four deaths.
-Bangladesh has registered 56 cases, including six deaths.
-Maldives has registered 31 cases and no deaths.
-Nepal has registered six cases and no deaths.
-Bhutan has registered five cases and no deaths
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It's not surprising to find people here wishing death in India should have been more. For a 1.3 billion population, the rate of infected individuals are absolutely low. This is also the case with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Number of cases have been too low so far.
I applaud the Indian Government's decision - Total Lockdown first, unlock in a phased manner. This is more effective in flattening the curve compared to the phased or partial lockdown being attempted in the US and other parts of the western world. Hats off to the Indian Government for swift decision making and taking a holistic approach, not a piecemeal one.
At least a larger percentage of India is vegetarian and therefore, a lot less likely to introduce deadly viruses that emerge from filthy wet markets, butcheries, factory farms or slaughterhouses. That doesn’t mean they are immune to foreign viruses but as dirty as India is, they must have strong immune systems. That’s probably why 3rd world countries have fewer cases than many cleaner, western countries.
Could the low death rate be the result of curcumin in their diet?
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British came to India in the guise of trade; they established a trading company taking permission from the rulers. Then they established their tentacles by means of guns. Finally after ruling for 150 years, they were driven out in 1947 through the National Independence Movement in which all communities sacrificed their lives. When they left India, some areas were left as disputed territories for which there were three wars between India and Pakistan and this date the war is still going on.
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give the virus a break theory
Brilliant. A Million Thanks, PM Modi
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hold on virus, we nned to take a break from lock down, you can be back after 3 days
Why is India still allowing these to endanger humanity
At least the Indians are trying...
fantastic effort by govt. provide no food or shelter to poor ,immigrant workers and drench them with bleach water and hit them with canes. Either they die of the virus or from hunger.
He has got no clue simple just no clue.
Drinking cow PissPee will cure all viruses including China corona virus too
I am guessing India has the warm humid climate to thanks.
indians take a big dump on the streets in public but yet are scared of corona
Just take a look at of mask then you know Indians are not prepared. It is like the soldiers going to the frontline, each one dispatched with a stick in hand
All those making fun of India, its toilets etc .
Why so many people in “advanced nations” UK Germany France USA Italy getting coronnned
Jesus! Zero Gang Rapes ever since coronavirus hit India
This darn virus is so stealthy I don't know if this social distancing will really work in the end.