India on 21-day lockdown from midnight, says PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi today at 8 pm 24 march 2020 address to the nation: Prime Minister Modi had addressed the state last week too and had urged the people to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of highly contagious coronavirus in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a complete lockdown in India for 21 days (three weeks). He said that the sole way this country can fight coronavirus is social distancing. He urged people to remain indoors.
This is the second time prime minister Modi addressed the state during a week amid concerns over the virus outbreak. Last week, Prime Minister Modi had addressed the state and urged the people to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of highly contagious coronavirus in India. He had also urged the people to watch a day-long ‘janata curfew’ on March 22. PM Modi’s appeal received an excellent response from people as they observed a self-imposed curfew.
During his last week’s speech, the Prime Minister had said that the planet had seen various crisis and challenges but things arising thanks to coronavirus was unprecedented. He further said that India was leaving no stone unturned to beat this menace but ‘need of the hour is to be alert and vigilant’. “Stay reception at home and don't go out until it's absolutely essential. I especially request the elderly to not to go out of their homes,” the prime minister had said.
As of today, India has reported over 490 cases and nine deaths by a coronavirus.