Indian e-commerce-giant Flipkart temporarily suspended all services amid COVID-19. Indian PM Narendra Modi put the whole country under lockdown for a period of 21-days.
A message appeared on the Flipkart website which states that “We are temporarily suspending our services. Your needs have always been our priority, and our promise is that we will be back to serve you, as soon as possible.”
Flipkart’s rival Amazon India also stopped taking orders for non-essential items from its website and app. “To serve customers’ most urgent needs while also ensuring their safely of our associates”, Amazon message states on the website.
Although the government has exempted essential items like food, grocery, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment but collapse of the delivery-chain network made it very difficult for the e-commerce players to deliver items to the home.
COVID-19 first appeared late December, in 2019, in China. Soon it spread across the whole world and infected thousands of people. As of now, it infected over 400k people and killed over 18k. In India, the count of infected people is 506.