Alert: India Coronavirus Update – April 15 2020

April 15, 2020

Alert: India Coronavirus Update

Prime Minister Modi in his address to the nation on April 14 announced that the lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in India, would have to be extended until May 3, 2020. See press release here and text of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation. Order to extend lockdown measures is at this link.

With a view to managing the pandemic, every district of the country has been divided into zones: Hotspot districts, Non-Hotspot districts with reported cases, and Green zone districts. Special teams have been setup to trace all contacts as well as conduct house to house surveys. See press release here.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued consolidated revised guidelines for the extension of the lockdown. The revised guidelines allow for certain relaxation for agriculture, fisheries and select industrial activities after 20 April. The guidelines also allow for movement of all goods inter and intra state. All facilities in the supply chain of essential goods including e-commerce operators are allowed to be run without any restriction on working and closing hours.There will be no air, rail or inter-state travel till May 3. See press release here.  

Travel: All domestic and international scheduled airline operations in India shall remain suspended until 11:59pm, May 3, 2020. See link here.

The Embassy of India has issued the following advisory for Indian students in the United States who maybe impacted campus closures, classes moving online, program cancellations, or travel restrictions. See link.

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued a Circular regarding launch of electronic communication of Bill of entry and gate pass in PDF form. This step is aimed at reduction of interface between the Customs authorities and the importers/Customs Brokers and also do away with the requirement of taking bulky printouts from the Service Centre or maintenance of voluminous physical dockets in the Customs Houses. Please access the circular here.

Non-Government Stakeholders in Action

  • ETS is offering Indian test takers the advantage of a convenient and flexible way to take the TOEFL iBT test and GRE General Test from home during this unprecedented time, so that they can continue on their educational journeys. See link here
  • Mahindra will retool Auburn Hills plant, make COVID-19 medical supplies. Additionally, Mahindra is distributing free meals to those workers in Oakland County after an employee who owns food trucks offered his assistance. See press release here.
  • Bloom Energy is pivoting its skilled manufacturing teams to refurbish ventilators. They are already on track to restore over 1,000 ventilators to assist in this crisis. Link on their work here.
  • Chart Industries has ramped up production to manufacture essential tanks for medical grade oxygen- an essential equipment in the fight against COVID19. See more at the link.

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