Tibet Sun Online News
ON THE WEB, 18 May 2020
India coronavirus cases surpassed one lakh (100,000) on Monday, and over 3,000 people have died, despite a nationwide lockdown imposed since 25 March.
The first case of infection by the virus in India was reported on 30 January in a patient in Kerala, but the infection rate climbed rapidly, with worries about an insufficient and overburdened health care system to cope with the pandemic.
As the virus threatened to spread around the world, Prime Minister Modi announced the world’s biggest lockdown for its 1.3 billion people to contain the outbreak in India.
With just four hours’ notice for the shutdown, a crisis was caused for migrant workers, who were left with no jobs, food, or accommodation, and began a long journey back to their villages, walking for hundreds of kilometres.
Chaos was witnessed in many places when thousands of migrant workers formed long queues as they waited to board buses to their home states, raising concerns of further spread of the virus.
An estimated 100 million migrant workers had moved to cities for work in construction, factories, or domestic jobs, where they make an average of $5 a day.
India extended the lockdown for the fourth time from 18 to 31 May. In this fourth phase, people will be allowed out during the daytime, but the night curfew from 7 pm to 7 am will continue. Only essential commodities and services shall remain open, and buses and other public transport will be allowed to run.
The government has announced that people above the age of 60 and children below 10 shall not go outdoors, large gatherings remain banned, places of worship remain closed, and religious congregations are strictly prohibited.
Worldwide coronavirus cases have passed 4.8 million, and the death toll is above 320,000. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
The United States is leading the world in coronavirus cases at over 1.5 million, with deaths above 90,000; followed by Russia with confirmed cases of 290,678, and 2,722 deaths. India is 11th in number of cases as this report is published.