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Coronavirus Pandemic: Narendra Modi appeals citizens to impose 'Janta Curfew'

In India, the number of positive cases for coronavirus or COVID-19 has soared up to 173 and four deaths have been recorded.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Narendra Modi appeals citizens to impose 'Janta Curfew'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the nation amid the coronavirus pandemic and outbreak across the globe while emphasising on the need to take precautions and practise social distancing. 

“Isolate yourself from the world,” Narendra Modi asserted while addressing the nation. Modi asked the Finance Minister to take all necessary action under Economic Response Task Force and urged the people to impose ‘Janta curfew’ on March 22 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM as a measure to combat the deadly coronavirus or COVID-19.

Modi also appealed the public not to indulge in panic buying while stating that there is no scarcity of essential commodities. 

“I appeal to all not to go into panic buying to store essential commodities. Steps being taken to ensure that there is no scarcity of essential commodities. I assure the countrymen that all step are being taken to ensure that there is no shortage of essential goods like milk, food items and medicines,” Modi said. 

Highlights of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation on measures to combat the coronavirus:

  • If you think you are well and can roam around in markets without getting affected, then you are doing injustice not only to yourself but others around you: PM Modi.

  • On March 22, at 5 pm on our doors, balconies or wherever, for 5 minutes, express our gratitude for these workers. How? By clapping, by ringing a bell. I request local admin to blow a siren to inform everyone about this: PM Modi.

  • In earlier days, during blackouts at the time of wars, people kept their lights off. The drill was also done at Rome to make people practice it when needed: PM Modi.

  • I request you to express your gratitude to all these people on March 22. This will unite all of us: PM Modi.

  • This Janta curfew will also show the world how ready we are to tackle this virus: PM Modi.

  • On March 22, I also request you for another thing. Lakhs in hospitals, airports, in offices are busy working. People have worked for others without worrying about themselves. Their chances of getting infected are high but they have continued to do their work taking a huge personal risk. These are like protectors of the nation between the virus and the nation. The whole country salutes all these people: PM Modi.

  • This Sunday, March 22, from morning 7 am to 9 pm, all citizens must follow Janta curfew: PM Modi

  • I request the citizens to also practice common man curfew (Janta Curfew): PM Modi

  • We all must isolate ourselves: PM Modi

  • All those above 60-65, please don’t venture out of the house for the next couple of weeks: PM Modi

  • The whole world is collectively facing this dilemma; even during World War 1 and 2, these many countries weren't affected: PM Modi on corona outbreak.
  • In the past two months, 130 crore Indians together fought this pandemic: PM Modi
  • We must not feel that we are safe from this pandemic, says PM Modi as he urges citizens not to get complacent.

In India, the number of positive cases for coronavirus or COVID-19 has soared up to 173 and four deaths have been recorded. The Union Health Ministry informed that the fourth death was reported in Punjab and the patient who died was elderly. 

The Press Bureau of Information released a note issued by the central government to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The note from the government advises people above the age of 65 and all children below 10 should remain at their homes. 

The public representative, government servants and medical professional who are above 65 have been exempted from the same. All the concessional travel by rail and air will be suspended expect for students, patients and people belonging to Divyang category. 

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