Centre asks state govts to strictly enforce lockdown, take legal action against violators
New Delhi: The central government has asked the state governments to strictly impose lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 spreading in the country at an alarming rate. It has also instructed state governments to take legal action against violators, according to an official statement on Monday.
Centre had suggested state governments, on Sunday, to completely lock down 80 districts across the country where coronavirus cases have been reported, till March 31. In view of the need to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19, it was agreed that there was an urgent need to extend the restrictions on the movement of non-essential passenger transport.
Kerala has enforced complete lockdown in Kasaragod district and partial lockdown in three including Kannur, Pathanamthitta and Ernakulam districts.
Delhi will be locked down from 6 am on March 23 till midnight on March 31. Several other states have also enforced lockdown, including parts of Maharashtra.
Delhi's borders will remain sealed during the lockdown, but essential services related to health, food, water and power supply will continue, and 25 per cent of the DTC buses will run to transport people associated with essential services.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier on Monday appealed to state governments to ensure that rules and regulations of the coronavirus lockdown are enforced as he noted that many people are not taking the measure seriously.
"Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request state governments to ensure rules and laws are followed," he said in a tweet in Hindi.
(With inputs from PTI)