The Strategist

India extends lockdown to the end of May

05/06/2020 - 02:59

The six-week self-isolation regime in India, which was due to end on Monday, will run until May 25. The decision to extend the quarantine for another two weeks is caused by disappointing statistics from the epidemic. Despite the strict lockdown introduced at the end of March, the number of cases in the first May days has been record. However, the regime of self-isolation will become more flexible, allowing for relief in those regions that have achieved the greatest success in combating the epidemic and are in the green zone. At that, in a situation where quarantine is causing billions in losses in the economy, restrictions are eased even in the capital of Delhi, located in the “red zone”.

The Indian Ministry of Internal Affairs reported the next extension of the regime of self-isolation in the second most populated country in the world, introduced on March 24 and expired on May 3.

"Despite the significant improvement in the situation with COVID-19 in the country, in accordance with the Disaster Management Act of 2005, the Government of India ordered the extension of self-isolation for another two weeks after May 4, 2020," the ministry said in a statement prominent Indian media unveiled.

The pandemic situation in the “largest democracy in the world” seems paradoxical. When India went to quarantine on March 25, the number of cases was minimal - only 606 people.

Explaining their decision to quarantine until April 15, which was then extended for another two weeks, until May 3, the authorities hoped that during this period of two incubation periods, they would be able to break the chain of distribution of coronavirus.

However, in the first days of May, despite all the previous measures, the distribution curve of COVID-19 went up sharply. For two consecutive days, India broke its record for the number of cases, which exceeded 2 thousand people a day.

At the same time, the average daily increase in the first week of May significantly exceeded the indicators of the end of April. As a result, by the end of the second quarantine period, the total number of cases exceeded the previously unthinkable psychological mark of 40 thousand people.

The new two-week self-isolation regime, which was introduced in the country before May 25, extends the ban on domestic flights, moving around the country by rail and road. All educational institutions, shopping centers, restaurants, hotels and sports clubs remain closed. As for industrial enterprises, only those located in regions that are minimally affected by the pandemic can resume work.

Recall that, according to the rating agency Acuite Ratings & Research Ltd, the losses of the Indian economy for the day of full quarantine at the first stage amounted to $ 4.64 billion.