India rejects extension in lockdown as thousands suffer amid pandemic
India has rejected any attempts to extend its 21-day nationwide lockdown to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, reported Monday by its government.
Hundreds of people depending on daily salaries crowded bus stands and train stations as they fled the countryside for their hometowns. Some also began walking the journey. According to them, they had no money or food.
On Sunday the government had directed states to stop the movement of these workers and set up shelters on highways where stranded people could access food and water before the lockdown was lifted.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directed 1,3 billion people in the world to remain indoors until April 15 saying this was the only way to combat the pandemic.
Nevertheless, the Indian cabinet secretary told Reuters that the closure won’t continue beyond the three weeks.
India has recorded 1,071 cases of the virus and 29 deaths so far.