India under complete lockdown for three weeks, announces PM Modi

Clay Curtis
March 24, 2020

The PM asserted that the country is facing an unprecedented situation and a complete lockdown is the only solution to stop the spread of the virus.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a complete lockdown in India from 12am of March 25 to rid the country of coronavirus.

Nearly all of India has come under complete lockdown, with states like Delhi and Punjab imposing a curfew.

Underlining the massive danger of the coronavirus, Modi said any negligence in these 21 days will "push the country and your families by 21 years".

The nationwide lockdown will affect almost one-fifth of the planet's population, amid growing concerns that the virus could spread unchecked through the world's second-most populous nation.

In his address to the nation, second within a week, the Prime Minister said a lockdown across the country is the only way to fight the global pandemic.

Under the Janta (public) Curfew on Sunday, India witnessed self-imposed isolation after a call from the Prime Minister last week. He also asked citizena to stay indoors and work from home as much as possible.

-Health experts say it takes 21 days to break the infection cycle of the coronavirus.

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The Indian Railways has also cancelled all passenger train operations till March 31.

For a country of its size, India has an alarmingly low rate of physicians, with less than eight medical per 10,000 people, according to the statistics from the WHO. "Don't take any medicines without consulting doctors", added PM Modi.

The Prime Minister also announced that Centre has allocated Rs 15,000 crores to strengthen the healthcare system amid the pandemic. After this, on Monday evening, the central government had issued instructions to all the states to implement the lockdown strictly.

Modi urged Indians to thank medical workers and other emergency personnel by clapping or banging pots and pans for five minutes at 5:00 pm - and many in the cities responded with enthusiasm.

He further appreciated those who have been spreading innovative messages regarding COVID-19 via social media.

'Essential commodities, medicines etc. would be available.

Underlining that it is imperative to keep the fighting spirit of the people up, Modi emphasized that it was important to tackle the spread of pessimism, negativity and rumour-mongering.

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