Amazon Operational During Lockdown, Will Deliver 'high Priority' Essential Products

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a national lockdown for 21 days, the E-commerce company Amazon has announced it will deliver only essential items

Written By Manjiri Chitre | Mumbai | Updated On:

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a national lockdown for 21 days in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, the E-commerce website Amazon has stopped most of its delivery services. However, the company has announced that it will continue to deliver the most urgent needs that are the priority to the customers. 

Amazon's statement on its website reads, "To serve customers' most urgent needs while also ensuring the safety of the associates, we are prioritizing all our resources to serve products that are currently a high priority for customers. Other products are temporarily unavailable for purchase."

Amazon is currently selling and delivering only necessary products like personal hygiene essentials, home cleaning essentials, and health-related products. 

The company also stated, "We continue to work closely with authorities in India and worldwide to ensure that we are taking the right precautions and have implemented a series of preventative health measures for employees."

India under lockdown

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in the entire country effective from midnight of March 25 to deal with the spread of Coronavirus, saying that "social distancing" is the only option to deal with the disease, which spreads rapidly. Taking to Twitter, he urged people not to panic and assured citizens that there will be no shortage of essential commodities and medicines during the 21-day lockdown period.

Read: At end of 2-week lockdown, Italy's new COVID-19 infections drop to lowest point in crisis

Read: Tamil Nadu: Six new COVID-19 cases reported in one day as total cases surge to 18

The Coronavirus Crisis 

Presently, there are around 422,829 confirmed cases of COVID-19 which has led to the death of around 18,907 people. Meanwhile, around 109,102 have reportedly been recovered. The hardest-hit region, after China, is Italy, Iran and South Korea, where the number of cases is rising by the hour.

Read: Centre directs states to deploy funds to build or upgrade COVID-ready medical facilities

Read: Are religious places- temples, mosques & churches open during 21-day Coronavirus lockdown?

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