Complete lockdown in India for 21 days: PM Modi
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a complete lockdown in India for 21 days from 12 am on Wednesday to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
“You all deserve to be admired for success of Janata Curfew on March 22. Experts are saying that 'social distancing' is the only way to tackle coronavirus. Social distancing not only for infected but for every citizen including the prime minister. Cornavirus has made many powerful countries helpless; challenges are increasing despite all efforts. If we will be negligent towards observing social distance India will have to pay heavy price,” the PM said.
“From 12 pm tonight there will be complete lockdown in the entire country. This lockdown is in a way curfew and would be more stringent than Janata Curfew. We may have to pay financial cost for this lockdown but it is important for safety of people. One step outside can make way for coronavirus into your house,” Modi said.
“With folded hands, I appeal to people not to go out of their homes. If we won't follow the nationwide lockdown for 21 days, we will be pushed back by 21 years,” he requested.
Modi also showed a poster saying corona means 'Koi Road Par Na Nikle' (No one should come out on roads).
“This is time for patience and discipline; I appeal to you with folded hands to remember people putting their lives at risk for our safety,” Modi said referring to all those who have put their own lives at risk to ensure healthcare facilities for others.
“All steps being taken by central and state government to ensure supply of essential items,” he added.
The Centre has made an allocation of Rs 15,000 crore to strengthen health infrastructure to tackle coronavirus. I have requested all states that health services should be first priority in this situation, Modi said.
“Don't believe in rumours and superstitions; don't take any medicines without consulting doctors. I have full faith that we will emerge victorious from this challenge,” the PM said, asking people to take care of themselves and their family.