MUMBAI (AP) – The capital of other parts of Mumbai, India’s worst-hit Maharashtra state, has been under tighter restrictions for 15 days since Wednesday in a bid to stem the tide of coronavirus infections.
High-ranking government officials stressed that the closure of most industries, enterprises, and public places does not block restrictions on the movement of people.
Last year, a sudden, brutal, nationwide blockade left millions unemployed overnight. Thousands of migrant workers left homeless in foodless cities walked the highways to get home. Since then, heads of state have repeatedly stressed that there is no other block on the cards.
The distinction did little to alleviate Ramachal Yadav’s concerns. On Wednesday morning, he joined thousands of other people at Mumbai train station returning home by train. “There is no work,” said the 45-year-old man.
India has detected more than 180,000 new infections in the last 24 hours, about a third in the state of Maharashtra. India has so far confirmed more than 13.9 million cases և 172,000 deaths, which is probably not a sub-figure.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddav Takheray said most public places, shops and facilities would be closed from 8pm on Wednesday evening, awaiting basic services such as grocery stores and banks.
Although the state has announced a $ 728 million aid package that will include assistance to the poor, industry experts say the new restrictions could be fatal for businesses that only survived last year’s economic downturn.
“Livelihoods are possible, but life is more important,” Tucker said in response to the difficult choices facing other Indian states.
The scenes shown in Maharashtra last week reflect the developments in other parts of the country. Air-breathing patients leave oxygen-depleted hospitals, weeping for families waiting their turn to say goodbye to their crematoria.
Concerns have been raised about whether India, despite being the world’s largest producer of vaccines, will be able to quickly vaccinate its vast population to slow the virus.
India said on Tuesday it would allow it to receive vaccines that have received emergency rifles from the World Health Organization or regulators in the United States, Europe, Britain or Japan. Indian regulators also approved Russia’s Sputnik V for emergency use. But experts say the decision is unlikely to have a direct impact on supplies in the country.
“All I can think about is that I hope I will not be sick for the next month,” said Dr. Vineta Ball, who is studying immune systems at the Institute for Indian Science Education and Research in Pune, Maharashtra. ,
Os Osal reports from New Delhi.
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