Coronavirus in India and the effect of Janta Curfew
25th Mar, 2020
Coronavirus, which is now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. It originated in the month of December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Coronavirus belongs to an outsized family of zoonotic viruses that can cause illness starting from the cold to severe respiratory diseases. Zoonotic means that these viruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. It is now popularly known as COVID-19. It has infected over 100 countries.
India is now facing this problem of coronavirus as around 500 confirmed cases are documented as of now. It is spreading rapidly among the people ending the life of some infected patients. Common signs of COVID-19 infection are similar to the common cold, diarrhoea and some respiratory symptoms such as dry cough, fever, and breathing difficulties. In some severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, kidney failure, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and ultimately death. It spreads within seconds and its incubation period is 10 to 14 days. People are advised to stay quarantined. The government is taking major steps in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. To prevent the infection one should avoid meeting with others i.e maintain social distance, avoid touching your face with hands. Sanitize or wash your hands regularly, maintain hygiene, use your elbow when coughing or sneezing and stay home when sick.
Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi. addressed the citizens of India and talked about the coronavirus. He asked people to stay at home. He imposed ‘Janta Curfew’ in India to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Janta curfew is basically a state of self-quarantine, this curfew is to the people, for the people, and by the people. The curfew was imposed on March 22, 2020, from 7 am to 9 pm. The effects of the curfew were so deserted. Streets of the nation wore a barren look. Everything was shut down like gyms, restaurants, public transports, marketplaces etc. He also asked the citizens to come out on the balconies to show their gratitude for healthcare providers by clapping. At 5 pm, the people showed their gratitude by doing so. Some people came out of their houses which was not a good step to be taken amid the outbreak. The curfew was almost a success as a lot of people pledged by it.
After the curfew, governments of the cities across India declared complete lockdown meaning that everything will remain shut except the essential things like food, groceries, dairy products, chemists, hospitals etc. Any sort of public transport will remain shut. This lockdown is applicable till March 31, 2020. This is a serious situation as it is spreading rapidly among the people.