India COVID-19 lockdown: What stays open and what stays shut

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India reports 1553 new cases of coronavirus in a single day after which the total number of cases has risen to 17615. India COVID-19 death toll reaches 559.

In addition, India has announced easing in agriculture and some manufacturing sectors in the toughest lockdown. According to the news agency AFP, more than 350 separate cases were reported in Maharashtra and Gujarat. According to the report, on Saturday and Sunday, the number of cases increased dramatically.

Lockdown ease in India:

According to a BBC report, Most of the new measures are targeted at easing pressure on farming, which employs more than half the nation’s workforce.

India has eased a limited amount of nationwide lockdown restrictions to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.  It was deemed necessary by Indian authorities to re-work in the fields to avoid food shortages. It was also informed that some of the other measures announced last week would not be implemented. These measures include the supply of unnecessary items such as mobile phones, computers and refrigerators.

In addition, areas that are ‘susceptible’ to the spread of the virus will not apply any relaxation. According to the Indian government, domestic and international flights and inter-state travel will also remain suspended.

So what restrictions are being eased?

Agriculture is the center of relaxation measures in Lockdown, India, which includes farming, fishing and gardens.

The crops will be harvested after the aforementioned decision and daily wagers and others working in these fields will also be able to get jobs.

After the restoration of the aforementioned industries supply chain, relevant cargo trucks will be able to cross state borders to reach production from villages to cities.

Important public works projects, such as the construction of roads and water lines in rural areas, will be active but the principles of social distance will be hard to follow.

Banks, ATMs, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and government offices will be open and self-employed, such as electricians, copiers, and others, will be allowed to work.

Some public and even private workplaces are allowed to open in areas that are not considered sensitive.

Indian authorities clarify that all businesses and services that have reopened are expected to follow the relevant principles of social distance.

Who decides what to reopen?

State governments in India will decide where sanctions can be reduced. On the other hand, several state chief ministers, including Arvind Kejriwal of New Delhi, said that no restrictions would be lifted in their areas. Arvind Kejriwal said the situation in the capital is still serious and a decision on sanctions will be reviewed after a week.

India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, will also see all restrictions in place, as will the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.

On the other hand, the southern state of Kerala has greatly eased lockdown restrictions in the ‘green zone’. Kerala includes permission for the transportation of private vehicles and dining facilities in hotels, while social distance rules are still included in the directive.