On April 20, India recorded a record number of cases during the day when the government eased a draconian blockade to allow agricultural and production activities to continue.
The second most populous country in the world has recorded about 1,600 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 17,615.
In a country of more than 1.3 billion people, 559 people died from Covid-19. Meanwhile, epidemiologists predict the peak may not be reached before June, according to AP.
India has forced people to stay indoors since March 24. All nonessential activities must be halted. On April 14, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the world’s largest blockade order until May 3, leaving millions of poor Indians at risk of food shortages.
Starting April 20, some industries and agriculture were allowed to resume operations, but employers still had to ensure compliance with social spacing and hygiene standards. Migrant workers can move between states to factories, farms and other workplaces.
“In case immigrants want to go back to work in their home state, they will be tested. Asymptomatic people will be transported to work, ”according to the Indian Interior Ministry.
Maharashtra, the state hardest hit by corona virus in central India, also proposed allowing some eligible companies to restart.
Limited easing was made while India continued to increase testing, building ventilator stores and personal protective equipment. They also provide temporary isolation areas for Covid-19 patients.
In Mumbai’s capital, Maharashtra, home to Asia’s largest slum, the government plans to distribute hydroxycloroquine anti-malaria medication to thousands of residents in 14 days to see if it works where The rules are not being complied with or not. It is not clear how many will participate and the trial, as well as when it will begin.
US President Donald Trump has advertised that this anti-malarial drug can treat pneumonia caused by corona virus, although its effectiveness has not been proven.