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Entrepreneurs write to PM Modi, suggest blocking for 2-3 weeks | India News


NEW DELHI: With increasing numbers of people infected with the new coronavirus, a group of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting that the shutdown will begin on March 20 in major affected cities for two to three weeks.

In a presentation prepared by venture capitalists and founders of 51 startups and businesses, including Abhiraj Singh Bhal, co-founder of the Urban Company, formerly Urban Clap, Kunal Shah (Founder, CRED) and Kunal Bahl (Snapdeal), said that countries that They have acted “early and forcefully” as South Korea, Singapore, and Japan have somehow been able to control the spread compared to the countries that acted late: Iran, Italy, France, and the United States, among others.

“The government should impose a 2-3 week blockade with section 144 in the main affected cities immediately, and be prepared for a second blockade later,” the filing said.

He noted that while containment activities such as travel restrictions should continue, “we may need much more, and sooner rather than later.”

The entrepreneurs suggested that the first confinement should be implemented from March 20 to April 12, then from April 13 to May 17 it should be a precautionary phase with social distancing.

They have suggested a second closure May 18-31 and said that starting June 1, the curbs can be gradually raised.

During the shutdown, the government must continually advise people to quarantine their homes and perform best personal hygiene practices.

They also urged the government to maintain the supply chain of essential goods and services, including food, medicine, access to medical care, public transportation, availability of cash at ATMs.

Along with the installation of government war rooms led by the prime minister of each state, the presentation also asked the Prime Minister to expand infrastructure and testing capacity, allowing the private sector to participate in the testing process.

“I collaborated with @_mekin @vivekanandahr @ 1kunalbahl @ kunalb11 @annamalai_k @ alokmittal001 @ varunjain42 and many other founders to prepare this document, urging @PMOIndia to act now and decisively to curb COVID-19. Many references to @ tomaspueyo’s great work” . said a tweet from Abhiraj Singh Bhal.

In India, the total number of coronavirus cases has reached 147 with 130 active cases as of Wednesday morning, according to the Union health ministry. These include 122 Indians and 25 foreigners. A total of three deaths have been reported so far in India, one in Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Across the country, 14 patients have been cured and discharged.

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