Tuesday, March 24

Modi orders a billion Indians to stay home for three weeks

Day 1 of the Lockdown: City Indians bang pots and pans from their balconies in support of frontline health workers

REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

Um -- I think somehow this might not work very well despite initial enthusiasm lol Pundita don't laugh it's not funny.  How does he plan to enforce the edict, for starters? And it's counterproductive in that taking that many people out of the work force for that many days would be a body blow to Indian society. It seems to me that Modi is not so much thinking as reacting. But we'll see.

“From 12 midnight today, the entire country will be in lockdown, total lockdown,” Modi said in a television address to the 1.3 billion people in the world’s second-most populous nation.
“To save India, to save its every citizen, you, your family … every street, every neighborhood is being put under lockdown,” he added in the strictest stay-at-home order yet in the world’s fight against the deadly bug.
He added ominously that if the country failed to manage the crisis in the next 21 days, it would be set back by 21 years.
India has lagged behind other countries in the number of [COVD19 infections, but there has been a sharp spike in recent days to 519 cases, including 10 deaths, officials said.
The country has already banned flights from abroad for a week from Sunday — and grounded domestic flights and shut ports.
Indian Railways, which carries more than 20 million passengers daily, has canceled all services except suburban and freight trains.

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