Coronavirus or COVID-19 is an infectious disease that has infected a huge number of populations worldwide. Older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illnesses. In 2020 when the virus reached India, the whole country went under lockdown for months. As life has already returned to normal, many cities, markets are bustling, roads are crowded, and restaurants are nearly full. Although vaccination has started in the country, some parts are still infected by the new covid strain due to people’s carelessness. The increase in the covid cases has prompted authorities to impose lockdown in the country. States that are under a lockdown or will go under lockdown are-
On February 21, the district administration had imposed a week-long lockdown from Monday, 22 February owing to the rising coronavirus cases. The lockdown was earlier supposed to be in place till March 1, 2021. However, now it has been extended by seven more days till March 8. During the lockdown, shops, except those dealing in essential commodities, were ordered to remain shut along with educational institutions, coaching classes, training schools, etc.
The Tamil Nadu government has decided to extend its existing COVID restrictions and statewide lockdown till March 31. Offices, shops, and industrial and commercial establishments will continue with staggered working hours. Authorities have not brought in any new rules but have listed out advisories issued by the Centre. Police and municipal authorities have been directed to ensure that the use of face masks in public and social distancing is strictly maintained. The earlier shutdown was imposed till 28 February 2021.
The Gujarat government has extended the night curfew in four major cities Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot by another 15 days, the curfew was supposed to end on February 28.
In the wake of the rising cases of coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan urged people to avoid going to districts of Maharashtra bordering his state in search of work and warned that night curfew and other lockdown measures will be taken if the situation is going worse in the state. The strong warning from the state government comes after Madhya Pradesh on Friday if required, a night curfew will be reimposed in the state to curb the COVID-19 spread and urged people not to travel outside the state for work.
In the wake of rising coronavirus cases, authorities in Pune decided to extend the night curfew in the district till March 14. Besides, schools, colleges, and private coaching classes will also remain shut during the period. Speaking to reporters, Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol confirmed the same. He said, “No public movement except essential services allowed between 11 pm to 6 am. Restrictions imposed in Pune city earlier extended till 14 March. Schools, colleges, private coaching classes in the district will remain closed, due to the rise in COVID19 cases.”