Explained: What does lockdown in the time of coronavirus scare mean?

US moves nearer to shutdown amid coronavirus fears
REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

As many as 75 districts in the country will be shut down to check the spread of coronavirus. All these districts had reported positive corona cases recently.

How will the shutdown affect people?

1. Only very essential goods: Only very essential goods will be available during the lockdown. This means shops selling essential provisions and vegetables will be allowed to function. A maximum of seven people will be allowed inside supermarkets at a time. Shops selling non-essential commodities will not be allowed to operate.

2. Transportation: Movement of public vehicles will be restricted. Vehicles for emergency services (such as vehicles carrying patients) will be allowed to ply.  

3. Ban on inter-district movements: Movements of people from one district to another will be restricted. People will be asked to stay put at the place where they are staying now.

4. Ban on public events/ religious gatherings: All public events and religious events will be cancelled.

The comments posted here/below/in the given space are not on behalf of Onmanorama. The person posting the comment will be in sole ownership of its responsibility. According to the central government's IT rules, obscene or offensive statement made against a person, religion, community or nation is a punishable offense, and legal action would be taken against people who indulge in such activities.