“Janata Curfew” On Sunday From 7 am To 9 pm, Says PM Modi


NEWDELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the nation on the coronavirus crisis this evening, called for a “Janata curfew” on Sunday, saying all citizens must stay home from 7 am to 9 pm to try and check the spread of the deadly virus. The Prime Minister also cautioned citizens against hoarding and panic-buying, assuring that the supply of essentials like milk, medicines and food would be maintained.

“Under this Janata (public) curfew, no one should leave their home or gather in their neighbour hoods. Only those related to essentials ervices should go out,” said the Prime Minister, adding that all citizens must abide by it.”On that day, at 5 pm, we will stand at our balconies,windows or doors for 5 minutes, we will show our gratitude to those maintaining essential services by ringing bells, sounding sirens and clapping…,” hesaid.The Prime Minister suggested that the one-day exercise would helpinculcate a new discipline for social distancing for the next few weeks.

He urged people to stay home unless absolutely essential, inthe next few weeks, and act with “restraint and resolve”.”I wantthe next few weeks from you, I want your time,” he said, stressing on theneed to avoid what he called a sudden explosion of the outbreak, after thefirst few days, in other nations.

“Coronavirus has endangered humanity. It has affectedmore nations than the World War,” he said.

There is no cure for this, so we need to remainhealthy. We need to avoid crowds andstay home. Social distancing is critical. If you think you can roam around asusual and feel you will not be at risk, this is incorrect; you are endangeringyourself and your family.” Coronavirus cases in India climbed to 173 onThursday after 18 new cases were reported. Four people have died.

PM Modi warned people against hoarding and panic buying.

“I want to reassure that all steps are being taken toensure that the supply of milk, medicines and food does not stop. Do not hoard,be sensitive towards the need of others,” he said.

Earlier today, the government announced a new set ofrestrictions, banning international flights from Sunday for a week. Thegovernment also urged work from home for most and said those below 10 and above65 should stay home.

The centre has asked 50 per cent of its employees to workfrom home besides staggering working hours for its staff.Punjab became thefirst state to announce the suspension of public transport services from Fridaymidnight.India remains at Stage 2 of the outbreak, which means the spread isthrough local transmission, which can be traced. The health ministry said thereis no evidence of community transmission yet, in which it is hard to tell howthe patient contracted the virus. Across the country, schools, colleges,theatres, malls and shopping areas have been shut down in large parts.Religious gatherings and weddings have been put off.

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