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Covid-19: India under complete lockdown for next 21 days starting midnight, says PM Modi

BL Internet Desk New Delhi | Updated on March 26, 2020 Published on March 24, 2020

PM Narendra Modi. File photo   -  PTI/@narendramodi

He has appealed to the citizens to stay at home

In his address to the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that there will be a complete lockdown in the entire country for the next 21 days starting Tuesday midnight.

He has appealed to the citizens to stay at home.

"If we cannot manage the next 21 days, many families will be destroyed forever. Forget about venturing out for the next 21 days," said PM Modi.

He further stated, "If we won’t follow the nationwide lockdown for 21 days, we will be pushed back by 21 years."

 

The Prime Minister, at the onset, had praised all Indian citizens for making the Janta Curfew a success. He then said experts believe that social distancing is necessary not only for the infected, but for every citizen, including the Prime Minister.

PM Modi said that the lockdown would be more stringent than the Janta Curfew. He also mentioned that the country may have to pay a financial cost for this lockdown, but it is important for the safety of the people.

"All steps being taken by central and state government to ensure supply of essential items. Civil society is working towards reducing difficulties for the poor. I have requested all States that health services should be the first priority in this situation," he added.

He also said Rs 15,000 crore will be allocated for strengthening the health infrastructure, for the treatment of the coronavirus. He also mentioned that the medical and para medical staff will be trained for the same.

"This is the time for patience and discipline; I appeal to you with folded hands to remember people putting their lives at risk for our safety," said PM Modi.

In his concluding remarks, he appealed to the public to not believe in rumours and superstitions. "Don’t take any medicines without consulting doctors," added PM Modi.

He also said that he has full faith that the country will emerge victorious from this challenge.

Published on March 24, 2020

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