Tamil Nadu is the latest Indian state to announce a total lockdown for 14 days, extending from May 10 to May 24. During this time, all factories will close and cease production. The government’s decision was announced on Friday, May 7 following an alarming rise in new infections.
Nationwide, the crisis is showing few signs of easing with the highest single-day death toll recorded on Saturday, May 8 of 4,187. Some estimates indicate that India could see 1 million COVID deaths by August. There have been just over 240,000 fatalities to-date and over 22 million recorded cases (though the actual numbers are likely much higher).
The following is a breakdown of COVID and lockdown status by state, gathered from SILQ teams stationed in major apparel production hubs.
- Complete lockdowns are ongoing and scheduled through May 15. All citizens must remain home. The government is currently considering extending this order through May 31 as new cases remain hovering between 50,000 and 60,000 per day.
- Though Maharashtra remains one of the most heavily affected regions with just under 25% of the nation’s total caseload.
- All factories remain closed with no operations. It is expected they will resume work in the beginning of June.
New Delhi (NCR Region)
- Complete lockdown is ongoing and scheduled to extend through May 17th (extended from May 10 as of Sunday, May 9). All citizens must remain home. All production is stopped.
- New Delhi saw the largest national spike in death toll over the weekend of May 8th. However, new cases and positivity rates have started to decline.
- It is highly unlikely manufacturing will resume prior to the end of May.
West Bengal (Kolkata)
- Non-essential businesses -- including all manufacturing -- have been shut until further notice.
- The newly elected government is undertaking stricter COVID protocols including a lockdown, limitation of the size of legal gatherings and attempting to purchase and import hundreds of thousands more vaccines from the national government and abroad.
- A complete lockdown has been in effect from April 27 and has just been officially extended through May 24.
- All garment factories have closed, though a few have converted to manufacturing PPE and remain operational for that purpose.
Tamil Nadu (Chennai & Tirupur)
- A statewide lockdown is in effect from 4AM Monday, May 10 through 4AM May 24.
- Public transportation has been shut down and essential businesses (e.g. grocery stores and banks) may only operate until noon each day without air conditioning.
- All manufacturing remains closed through the lockdown period.