Actions India must take against COVID-19

Given the trend of COVID19 cases in India is the same as other countries like Italy and S Korea from a few weeks ago. Some thoughts on what the union and state govts in India should do immediately

Completely stop all train travel. This may seem drastic like it taxes the poor the most but actually it will protect the poor. India’s trains are not only hotbeds for spreading the virus but will also affect so far unaffected districts and cities

I would also place severe restrictions on air travel. It spreads the virus rapidly because those affected but not showing symptoms yet are willing and able to travel and unknowingly spread the virus

Govt should issue a mandate to shut all schools, colleges, temples, movie theaters etc. this needs to happen on a war footing. People still don’t understand the extend of how infectious the virus is and how quickly it can spread

India needs mobile testing vans. It has had great success with mobile vans during the polio vaccine drive and in some regions for cataracts etc. this is the best way to ensure that hospitals are not overburdened

Convert school buildings to temporary quarantine centers immediately. This way every single district is ensured a quarantine center with running water and basic facilities

India’s major disadvantage is that hundreds of millions still do not have access to piped water and good sanitation facilities. If water sources like wells etc get contaminated, it would be catastrophic. And states like UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and MP are most at risk with water

Local Jal Boards needs to activate mobile water delivery - as done in peak summer or drought regions. This is the most crucial because washing hands is still the most effective precaution more  

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Everyone is suggesting against corona virus, we should increase immunity.
Best way to increase immunity is do excerise at least half an hour.
Other steps taken are also good.
Protect yourself to save others more  
Stopping trains, Air travel etc are not practical solutions. Personal hygiene and avoiding physical contacts, keeping safe distance from people are the best safety precautions against the virus. more  
I dont think public transport facilities should be stopped, on the contrary people should avoid nonessential travel. But persons like me who are into marketing field has to travel and cant avoid that. more  
It is a herculean task, the supervision and implementation needs to be done on war like situation, I happen to hear Singapore Prime minister addressing Singaporians, he seems to be addressing them frequently, on matters of medical availability , the toll on economy , additional help for people loosing job due to slowdown, etc. Besides this in a country of our size the local leaders need to go around with in there constituencies and meet people and address them and provide bare minimum facilities to prevent rapid multiplication of the Virus infection.But unfortunately our local leaders are not very serious about all this. Yesterday i happen to watch meeting and processions for local counsider elections, if the leaders are serious they would have postponed the event and elections. more  
Peoples are very careless, still only 2-3 persons in every bogi of train using mask or handkerchief to cover their face. more  
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