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Centre Says Response Was Not Unplanned,Amid Criticism Over Lockdown
On Saturday brushing aside the allegation that the major nationwide lockdown for 21 days was announced without any planning, triggering a major crisis for migrant workers and people who live on daily incomes.
Centre Says Response Was Not Unplanned, Amid Criticism Over Lockdown
New Delhi: On Saturday brushing aside the allegation that the major nationwide lockdown for 21 days was announced without any planning, triggering a major crisis for migrant workers and people who live on daily incomes.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry, in a statement, said the government had already put in place a "comprehensive response system" at the borders of the country, much before the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus as a public health emergency of international concern on January 30
To stop the spread of the highly-contagious COVID-19 disease, the government has banned all activity except essential ones and asked people to stay at home to observe social distancing.
With all public transport stopped, many left without food, shelter, and income have been forced to undertake journeys for hundreds of kilometers on foot.
While the government has announced relief measures, they are yet to reach hundreds of thousands who are worst affected.
The government has faced criticism that the lockdown, that came two months after the global outbreak, was announced abruptly and without planning, leaving millions stranded and triggering panic about access to food and basic necessities.
In its defense, the government said the screening of incoming air passengers, followed by suspension of visas and a ban on international flights were done much ahead of any other country.
"Thermal screening of incoming international passengers from China and Hong Kong was started on 18th January, much before the first case of coronavirus was detected in India on 30th January.
It also said that the states were regularly requested to maintain and further improve upon the surveillance system so that the coverage was complete and there were no gaps.
"A meticulous system has enabled the states to track down individuals who tried to avoid surveillance or who did not follow quarantine measures," the government said.
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