As the coronavirus pandemic has now spread to more than 110 countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for aggressive measures by the authorities to curb the spread. Up to 51 Indian startups have petitioned the central and state governments in India with a number of recommendations to slow the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus (COVID-19). The proposals they put forward include the imposition of Section 144 and the blocking of key airports with international airports for a certain period of time, the maintenance of a supply chain with key factors, a regular reassessment of the situation and a gradual reopening after restrictions.
Startups that supported these suggestions include Abhiraj Bhal, Raghav Chandra and Varun Khaitan from Urban Company (formerly UrbanClap), Kunal Shah from Cred, Kunal Bahl from Snapdeal, Rohan Verma from MapmyIndia, Gaurav Munjal from Unacademy and Varun Jain from Zoomtail, among others. The four main proposals put forward by News18’s petition are: complete closure of all major cities, particularly those with international airports; Examine the introduction of section 144 as a measure to implement the above measures. Prohibition or restriction of overland travel, including by rail and road; and increase the tests for COVID-19 exponentially while private players can activate the same.
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The founders of the startup recommend that the first phase of the blockage should take place between March 20 and April 12, which includes the closure of all nonessential companies, working from home for private companies, all educational institutions, and entertainment companies remain closed and remain public Transport is limited and all religious places are closed to public access. They suggest that in the second step, which begins April 13-17, section 144 should be partially removed at certain points while the shops can be reopened. However, educational institutions, restaurants, cinemas and public gatherings remain inaccessible, while private companies continue to work from home. They suggest that a second ban begins on May 18-31 – their reasoning comes from observations of the 1918 flu pandemic, which culminated in infections immediately after the restrictions were lifted in Denver. Starting in June, according to the founders of the startup, we can resume life as usual and at the same time take additional precautionary measures with regard to social distance and personal hygiene.
“Countries that acted early and strongly (South Korea, Singapore, Japan, etc.) can” flatten “the curve and cases compared to those that have waited and watched (Iran, Italy, France, and the United States),” they say . The coronavirus cases in India are increasing. At the time of writing this document, the Indian Government’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has officially established confirmed cases in India at 140, with Maharashtra having 38 confirmed cases, Kerala 25 and Uttar Pradesh 15 worst affected.
Meanwhile, the medical community around the world recommends strict personal hygiene. Wash your hands regularly with soap for at least 30 seconds, use hand sanitizers, preferably higher alcohol (which helps deal with viruses), and keep a safe distance from others outdoors.