While India has been seeing a spike in daily coronavirus cases, the state governments in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan have decided to impose a complete fourteen lockdown to break the chain of the deadly virus. The lockdown will begin from Monday and continue till May 24 in both Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.
While the explosion in cases has led to a shortage of essential medical items, including liquid oxygen, in the country, health experts and doctors have blamed the new variants of the infection and laxity shown by the people earlier behind the surge in cases.
The Congress-led government in Rajasthan has completely banned all sorts of gatherings in the state till May 24. It has also revoked all marriages in the state, weddings will only be allowed only after May 31.
It is reported that people coming to Rajasthan would need to produce a negative RT-PCR test report. However, they would need to quarantine themselves for 15 days if they fail to produce the report.
To prevent migration of workers, as per guidelines they will be permitted in factories and special buses will be operated for the workers of factories or construction sites,. Essential shops like vegetable and fruits stores can operate as per the earlier guidelines while all religious places and MGNREGA works will stay shut during the restrictions,
In Tamil Nadu, essential services like banks, vegetable markets and ration shops can operate with 50 percent staff., restaurants and eateries are only allowed for takeaways. On the other hand, bars, spas, gyms, beauty parlours, salons, auditoria, cinema theatres, liquor stores, recreation clubs and zoological parks will stay shut in the lockdown.
Tamil Nadu government has also suspended inter and intra-district public and private bus services. However, those travelling for essential work like wedding, death, interview, or exams shall produce proof to be allowed permission to proceed.