After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a “janta curfew” on Sunday, March 22, large parts of India have gone into a full-fledged lockdown starting Monday as the nation gears up for its battle against COVID-19.
As many as 75 districts across the country, which include major cities like capital New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru etc. are in a state of lockdown with state governments enforcing restrictions of travel, work and movement.
As India reported more than 400 cases of COVID-19, many states like Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Bengal and Haryana declared lockdowns.
Railways, metros and inter-state buses have been stopped and public transport has been banned in these states. All shops, offices, commercial establishments like malls, cinemas have been shut down. Only those supplying essentials like milk, food and medicines are allowed to remain open.
Many states have also imposed Section 144, which bans gatherings of more than four people.
Prime Minister Modi tweeted early on Monday morning that "many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously” and he requested “state governments to ensure that the rules and laws are followed.”
Many state governments since have warned of legal action against those who fail to comply with the lockdown rules.
Indian states/UTs under complete lockdown (as of 5.00 pm IST, March 23):
Jammu and Kashmir