The COVID-19 pandemic came and imposed drastic changes in many countries across the world. According to WHO (World Health Organization), the best way to control the virus spread is to prevent people from leaving home. This forced governments to adopt strict lockdown measures to prevent a collapse in health systems. The world’s biggest lockdown happened in India with nearly 1.3 billion people forced to stay at home for 21 days. However, the rise of COVID-19 cases in the country made the company extend the measures until May 3. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs determined a relaxation of business to start operating by abiding necessary rules from April 20. The government is concerned with the economic effects caused by the lockdown. With the relaxation, one of the country’s biggest e-commerce platform, Flipkart will resume its operations.
The platform confirmed that users can expect its activities to start slowly after April 20. A set of products will be available for purchase and that includes smartphones. While Flipkart, Amazon and other players have been operating amid the lockdown. However, these platforms were limited to sell essential products. With the new change in the country’s lockdown policies, all of them will be able to continue selling non-essential goods. Of course, we still need to see how will be customer’s behavior amid the COVID-19 crisis. The market for smartphones and non-essential items will surely decrease.
According to some brands, smartphones are essential products
According to several reports, the smartphone market will see a major decline this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. India is currently one of the most important markets for smartphones. For that reason, many brands have been requesting the government to declare smartphones as an essential commodity. However, they had no success in this attempt. The relaxation will also allow companies to announce new smartphones in the country. After all, no company would launch a smartphone on the market without being able to sell it.