Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday announced his government would be forced to command total limitation and “shoot-at-sight” orders if people outraged lockdown to fight the spread of coronavirus.”
In the US, the army had to be called in to make lockdown. If souls don’t follow the coronavirus lockdown, a situation may arise where we’ll have to require a 24-hour curfew and issue shoot-at-sight orders.
I request people not to let such a circumstance occur,” said Mr Rao, a.k.a KCR, addressing the media minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a public “complete lockdown” for 21 days.
The Chief Minister requested all ministers, MLAs and corporators in Hyderabad to “come on ways” to help police enforce the lockdown. “
At any cost, the position of bringing in the army, 24-hour curfew or shoot at site orders must not arise,” he warned.
Telangana has 36 coronavirus causes and over 19,000 are under scrutiny.
“We have ordered Collector’s to terminate their passports. 114 members are assumed. We shall get the results on Wednesday,” KCR announced.
The number of COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 562, including 40 cured or discharged and nine deaths, the Union Ministry of Health has confirmed. The ministry said the second death that reported in Delhi on Tuesday was not because of coronavirus.
The number of infected persons declined to 64 on Tuesday, compared to 99 a day before. Meanwhile, the Mahan Air flight carrying as many as 277 Indian passengers landed at Delhi airport today early morning from Iran’s capital city Tehran.
- Amazon, Big Basket, Grofers locked down as local governments distort the order.
- We regret to inform you that your order has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances” – This is a message received by lakhs of consumers who tried to shop desperately for essentials on grocery platforms such as Amazon, BigBasket and Grofers in the past few days, as shop shelves in the neighbourhood ran out of stock following the COVID-19 lockdown.
- Grocery delivery firms faced identical hurdles across the country as local authorities and police stations interpreted lockdown (which explicitly allowed essential services such as groceries) as a curfew, shutting down warehouses, stopping trucks with supplies at state borders and harassing or bashing up delivery boys in neighbourhood areas.
- Online grocery platforms are, however, working with local authorities to restart delivery in the next 24 hours. While retail giant Flipkart announced on Wednesday that it would suspend its services due to the lockdown but will be back as soon as possible.
Big Basket, which delivers in 35 cities is facing similar issues. “
- We will face some constraints for a few more days because it takes time to build capacity in terms of storage, delivery fleet and people.
- Our teams are working hard to streamline this and we will be back on track very soon,” says a BigBasket spokesperson.
- Dhindsa of Grofers says that barring products such as handwash and sanitisers which are out of stock, it has enough supplies of essentials and groceries.
- “The big issue is the lockdown and lack of clarity of rules because of which we are unable to deliver. However, things are getting better now and our priority is to clear the backlog.”
He says that Grofers at the moment is taking only 50-60 per cent of its order capacity. “We plan to deliver 24/7 to clear the backlog. We are partnering with the local administration to ensure that the consumers get their deliveries at the earliest,” he further adds.