PM Modi calls for resolution, moderation to fight the coronavirus; Janata’s curfew on Sunday | India News
In a nearly 30-minute national broadcast, he asked people to stay indoors and work from home as much as possible, while underlining the dangers of the coronavirus, saying the world has never seen a crisis as serious as this.
“Even World War I and World War II did not affect as many countries as the coronavirus has,” Prime Minister Modi said, urging people to avoid this mentality that the disease will not affect India much when it has struck. strongly to many developed countries.
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Amid incidents of people resorting to panicking food hoarding, Modi said “panic buying” should be avoided and essential things, including medicines, should not be accumulated, adding that his government is working to ensure their supply.
He called ‘Janata curfew’ on March 22 from 7 am to 9 pm, saying that no citizen, except those in essential services, should leave their home, and stated that it will be a litmus test to show how much India is ready. take on the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. This experience will serve the nation well, he added.
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“This Sunday, which is March 22, all citizens must follow this curfew from 7 am to 9 pm. During this curfew, we will not leave our homes, nor will we take to the streets and we will refrain from meander through our societies or areas. Only those associated with essential and emergency services can leave their homes, “he said.
Modifying the hard work of medical professionals, sanitation staff, airline staff, delivery people, and media staff, among others, Modi asked people to express their gratitude by giving them a standing ovation. five minutes at 5 pm on Sunday clapping, banging on plates. or ringing the bells.
The Prime Minister began his speech by highlighting the scale of the impact of the corornavirus, noting that there is an opinion that India has avoided the crisis and that everything is fine.
“This mentality is not correct. The complacency regarding a global pandemic like the coronavirus is not appropriate. It is essential that each and every one of the Indians remain alert and cautious,” he said and asked the compatriots for a few weeks.
Studies of countries affected by the pandemic have revealed that it exploded after a few days, and the number of people infected with it grew at a very rapid rate.
A cure or vaccine for the coronavirus has yet to be found, PM Modi said, adding that some countries have controlled the situation by making quick decisions and isolating more and more people.
Even developed countries have been badly affected by the disease, he said and said it would be a mistake to believe that the pandemic will not affect much India, which has a population of 1.3 billion and is a developing country.
“It is essential to consider two key factors to combat this pandemic: resolution and restraint,” he said.
“I ask that for the next few weeks, you leave your homes only if absolutely necessary. As much as possible, try and do all your work, whether business or work related, from your home. seniors, over 60 -65 years old, should not leave their homes in the coming weeks, “Prime Minister Modi said.
He asked people to follow the directives of the central and state governments to combat the coronavirus.
It is critical that in this global pandemic, humanity emerge victorious, India emerge victorious, he said.
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