India extends containment to the end of May

The Indian Interior Ministry announced on Sunday the extension of the country’s containment to the end of May, but with possible relief to “facilitate economic activities”.

“The containment measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 remain in effect until May 31,” at a minimum, Sunday, May 17, in a statement, the Indian Home Ministry announced. The National Emergency Management Authority added that the restrictions will be changed “if necessary to facilitate economic activities while the virus contains”.

India has thus expanded its prison, but with possible relief to “facilitate economic activity”. This containment, affecting 1.3 billion people – the largest on the planet – has been around since the end of March and has had dramatic consequences for the poorest and most insecure of the Indians. Millions of them have lost their jobs.

Schools, religious services, shopping malls, cinemas and sports clubs should remain closed. The ban on religious gatherings and sporting events is also being extended, the ministry said.

Subways as well as domestic and international flights also remain closed. The curfew, which prohibits all movements between 7am and 7am except for important services, remains in place.

Restaurants, on the other hand, will only be allowed to be served for take-out. Stadiums and sports arenas can be used for meetings, but without an audience.

Nearly 5,000 new infections in 24 hours

The extension to containment was announced on Sunday, the day the country recorded the largest increase in the number of cases in 24 hours, with 4,987 new infections. the number of cases to more than 90,000, including 2,872 dead.

“India will not live the worst because of Covid-19, unlike other countries,” tweeted Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, adding that state governors have the flexibility to adapt measures. to the local situation.

Health experts believe that Indene will experience the peak of infections only in June or July and required more tests to determine the extent of the contamination.

Migrant Worker Crisis

Collapse of the Indian economy caused a migrant labor crisis, with many companies closing down when the containment was introduced.

Unemployed and hungry, many migrants have left cities, some walk hundreds of kilometers. Dozens have died in accidents or been exhausted.

Others, still stranded in the cities, confronted police during protests claiming they could return to their villages of origin.

Five police officers and one journalist were injured in Rajkot, western Gujarat, on Sunday when more than 3,000 migrant workers clashed with law enforcement after a special chartered train was interrupted. take them home.

With AFP