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Corona rages through Europe, US; lockdown in India

Panic-stricken customers emptying supermarkets, crowds thronging hospitals for tests, hospitals overflowing with patients, tens of thousands of people getting stranded across places and countries, most people staying back at home and not venturing out, a large majority deprived of livelihood as businesses have stopped - is the world coming to a standstill!

NEW DELHI, Mar 21: Several State Governments in India have suspended non-essential services, imposing a virtual lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus (covid). Schools, colleges, malls, markets except groceries and pharmacies, cinemas etc have already been closed.

People have been told not to venture out except for essential work. Sections of employees of Governmnet and private firms are to work from home so as to enforce social distancing as that is the only way to break the transmission cycle of coronavirus epidemic.

Incoming flights, trains, metros and inter-State transport are also being cancelled till a tentative date of March 31.

Elective surgeries are put off and many hospitals have closed OPDs to avoid gatherings and new infrastructures are being set up to meet contingencies in case the contagion enters Phase III of community transmission. New Government labs are being set up by the ICMR and private labs are also being licensed to meet the rush. Tests to check for community transmission have started.

The situation continues uniform all over the world. Marketrs were teeming with customers rushing to store up groceries and other items fearing for shortages ahead. Especially in the US, the supermarkets were emptied out soon as some States like California clamped emergency. California, New York and Washington State are the worst hit by the contagion. The spread of the virus in the US was the fastest. The death toll has reached 210 in a short time.

The epicentre of the pandemic has shifted to Europe, the virus claiming several hundreds of lives every day in Italy, Spain and Iran. Italy lost 627 lives in past 24 hours. The situation is worsening in Germany and France. In the UK, the Government is at sea. Even the Queen has moved her residence in the palace. Celebrities too are being caught in the viral net without discrimination.

In India, the total number of cases has gone up to 300, with four deaths being reported. Maharashtra and Kerala are the worst affected.

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