New Delhi: With the threats of India possibly entering stage three of coronavirus looming large, the country will be observing an unprecedented shutdown on Sunday. People will stay indoors, public transport will be mostly unavailable. Apart from emergency services, everything else will be shut. State governments too have issued orders accordingly and have urged people to not step out of their homes on Sunday. But is there a scientific reason behind a specific 14-hour curfew from 7 AM to 9 PM? Also Read - A day After Janata Curfew, Delhi, Noida Metros to Have Limited Timing
Several theories are floating around various social media platforms that coronavirus can live at one place for 12 hours and so if every Indian abides by the 14-hour curfew, the transmission chain will be broken. However, there is no scientific support to this claim. While it’s true that isolation will hit the transmission chain, it’s not scientifically backed that coronavirus can stay at a place for 12 hours. In fact, a recent study has revealed that COVID-19 can survive up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on plastic and stainless steel. Also Read - Watch: Bengaluru Residents Practise Clapping a Day Ahead of Janata Curfew
On Saturday, the number of confirmed cases neared 300. The Rajasthan government announced a complete shutdown in the state till March 31. Though there are cases where the victim didn’t travel abroad or didn’t come into contact with someone who came from abroad, the health ministry has dismissed the chances of community transmission. Officials said contact tracing is on which will ascertain whether they came into contact with someone who got infected from someone who returned from abroad. Also Read - 'Clapping Won't Help,' Says Rahul Gandhi on PM's Call to Applaud Doctors, Health Workers During Janata Curfew
Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases at 63, including three foreigners, followed by Kerala at 40, including seven foreign nationals.
Delhi has reported 26 positive cases, which include one foreigner, while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 24 cases, including one foreigner.
Telangana has reported 21 cases, including 11 foreigners. Rajasthan has reported 25 cases, including two foreigners. In Haryana, there are 17 cases, which include 14 foreigners.
Karnataka has 15 coronavirus patients. Punjab and Ladakh have 13 cases each. Gujarat has seven cases while Jammu and Kashmir has four. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal have reported three cases each. Odisha has two cases. Puducherry, Chhattisgarh and Chandigarh have reported one case each.
Urging people to stay indoors, Kejriwal said the government has not imposed a lockdown in Delhi for now, but would have to do it if the need arises in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
The Chhattisgarh government ordered the closure of all its offices, except those providing essential and emergency services, till March 31.
In Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a “near-total” shutdown in five districts and eight other prominent towns for a week from Sunday morning.
The Goa government imposed section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) across the state to prohibit large gatherings. Private events, including weddings, have also been banned in Goa till further orders.
The Bihar government ordered shutting down of bus services, restaurants and banquet halls across the state till March 31 while the State Election Commission of Arunachal Pradesh announced that municipal and panchayat elections slated to be held in April-May have been temporarily put on hold.
The Nashik administration in Maharashtra banned the sale of liquor from Saturday till further orders in the district invoking the Epidemic Diseases Act and Disaster Management Act.
In West Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government ordered all restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs, amusement parks, museums and zoos to remain shut till March 31.
(With Agency Inputs)