Indian government is unlikely to impose a nationwide lockdown


Published On: Monday, May 3, 2021 | By:

Indian government is unlikely to impose a nationwide lockdown

The Indian government is unlikely to impose a nationwide lockdown, though states and UTs have been advised to take stringent measures and implement “customised lockdowns” to break the chain of transmission and curb the spread of COVID-19 infection, official sources said. The Supreme Court today directed the central and state governments to consider enforcing a ban on mass gatherings and super spreader events as well as consider imposing a lockdown. "We would seriously urge the central and state governments to consider imposing a ban on mass gatherings and super spreader events. They may also consider imposing a lockdown to curb the virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare," the Supreme Court said.

"Having said that, we are cognisant of the socio-economic impact of a lockdown, specifically, on the marginalised communities. Thus, in case the measure of a lockdown is imposed, arrangements must be made beforehand to cater to the needs of these communities," the apex court added.

The Health Ministry has already suggested a strict lockdown in at least around 150 districts with a high positivity rate beyond 15%. It has also given a free hand to states to decide the parameters of restrictions.


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