Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 23rd, 2020 warned the people to follow the lockdown rules strictly to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request the state governments to get the rules and laws followed,” Modi tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi had asked citizens to stay indoors for a voluntary dawn-to-dusk curfew on March 22nd, 2020 but said they should make noise at 5 pm to show their respect and appreciation for medics, nurses and sanitation workers.
Several videos surfaced on social media where people are seen assembling in groups and blowing conch shells, singing patriotic songs and banging drums, utensils. In some places, people also burst crackers as they took to streets during ‘Janata Curfew’.
Several politicos, Bollywood stars and sports stars took to social media and shared videos of cheering for the health and sanitation workers at the clock struck 5 pm on March 22nd, 2020.
Modi has thanked the tens of thousands of Indians who clapped and banged utensils from their balconies, terrace in unison to show gratitude to the health-sanitation workers at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
“This is the sound of thanks and also the start of victory in a long battle against coronavirus. Let us carry this determination and settle down for a long fight,” the Prime Minister tweeted in Hindi.
He added, “Follow the instructions being issued by the Central Government and the State Governments. In districts and states where the lockdown is announced, do not leave the houses at all. Apart from this, do not get out of the houses unless it is very necessary in the rest.”
With seven deaths and over 390 confirmed cases, the Government of India tightened safety measures, shutting down passenger train service, including suburban trains and metro.
Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland announced complete lockdown that halted public transport and all but essential goods and services. Bihar, West Bengal and Gujarat have announced partial lockdowns.
The government decided to lockdown 75 districts across the country till March 31st, 2020 to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Only essential services will be allowed in the 75 districts which have reported confirmed cases or casualties related to coronavirus. The districts where the lockdown was announced are from the states – Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
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