Gautam Gambhir has suggested people to get quarantined or be jailed if they flout coronavirus quarantine norms. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The coronavirus pandemic is starting to rise exponentially in India with over 400 cases tested positive. The death toll is steadily rising and the central government as well as the state government have put a lockdown in place to tackle the spread of the coronavirus. Gautam Gambhir, the former India cricket team opener and current BJP MP from East Delhi, has suggested a strong solution to tackle the coronavirus. On his official Twitter handle, Gambhir wrote, "You will go yourselves and take your family along. Quarantine or jail. Do not put your entire society at risk. Stay home. Do not put people who are out doing their essential services under danger. The fight is not against business or the economy but against life. Follow the lockdown. Jai Hind!"
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On the first day of the government-imposed shutdown in various parts of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to point out that people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Currently 13 states and 80 districts are in complete lockdown, barring essential services, while citizens have asked to minimise interaction at every level to stop the spread of coronavirus. The lockdown orders were issued after Indian followed a 14-hour-long Janata Curfew appealed by the prime minister.
While the purpose of the whole exercise was to increase isolation, many people were seen taking large gatherings or even celebrating together during the curfew on Sunday. Meanwhile, the centre has asked states to strictly enforce lockdown and to take legal action against violators.
Gautam Gambhir has urged people to follow the lockdown imposed in the wake of the coronavirus. (Image credit: Twitter)
India entered lockdown mode to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak as train, metro and long-distance bus services were closed with only essential services allowed to operate in 80 districts and 13 states till March 31. The coronavirus has led to seven documented deaths in the country so far. According to ICMR, the total number of positive cases has crossed 400. On Sunday, India observed a 14-hour Janata Curfew as an effort to break the coronavirus spread chain.
On Sunday evening, government extended the lockdown in 80 districts, including big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai, which have seen confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease. Apart from these districts 13 states have also announced complete lockdowns. They are Maharashtra, Kerala, Haryana, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Delhi, Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Rajasthan.