Essential Services To Remain Operational, Says PM Modi After Lockdown Announcement
By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 24, Mar 2020, 20:53 pm IST | UPDATED: 24, Mar 2020, 20:55 pm IST
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has enforced lockdown pan India due to the outbreak of deadly Coronavirus. He has put the whole country under total lockdown for 21 days that is three weeks. He has asked to stay indoors come what may.
He emphasized on social distancing and staying at one's house only. PM Modi gave examples of countries like Italy, America which are fighting with the disease with real difficulties.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday once again addressed the nation amidst the Coronavirus pandemic that has infected over 500 people and costed 11 lives in the country so far. While speaking to citizens of the country via video conferencing, PM Modi announced that the entire country will be put under a 'curfew-like' lockdown starting from midnight today. The lockdown will be effective for 21 days, till April 13.
All states and union territories will come under its purview. PM Modi said that it is an essential step to fight Coronavirus decisively. He added that saving lives is priority as of now.
"With folded hands, I request you to stay put wherever you are," said Prime Minister Modi. He added that he is mindful of the economic ramifications of it. However, this is a smaller concern.
PM Modi warned, if we don't follow a complete lockdown for the coming 21 days, the nation will go back 21 years and many families will be devastated.
He also said many powerful countries in the world have become helpless, regardless of their efforts. He once again reiterated that social distancing is the only way to deal with this deadly coronavirus that has infected more than 500 in India, so far.
"Some people are under the misconception that social distancing is only for those infected with coronavirus... but they should understand that this for everyone because it is important to break the cycle," said PM Modi in his address to the nation.
This was the PM Modi's second address to the nation since Thursday, when he called for a 'Janata Curfew' on Sunday, a 14-hour self-quarantine to fight the spread of the deadly virus. Since then, India has witnessed a near lockdown in 32 states and union territories till March 31.