In his address to the nation at 8 pm on March 20th, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called coronavirus crisis a matter of concern, saying that the even World War I and II did not affect as many countries as the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Modi also appealed the people to impose a self curfew on March 22nd, 2020 to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
“The whole world is currently passing through a period of a very serious crisis. Normally, when a natural crisis strikes, it is limited to a few countries or states. However, this time the calamity is such that it has put all of mankind in crisis. World Wars 1 and 2 did not impact as many countries, as have been affected by corona today,” Modi said.
He added, “Over the last two months, we are continuously observing and hearing of grave corona virus related news. In these two months, the 130 crore citizens of India have ably dealt with the global Corona pandemic and have exercised due caution.”
The Prime Minister also assured the people that in this COVID-19 crisis situation where the scientists are yet to come up with a cure or a vaccine for the virus, it is natural to be anxious.
“During such a pandemic, only one mantra can take us through – Hum Swasth, toh Jag Swasth, that is the world will be healthy, if we stay healthy. In a situation like this, where there is no known cure for the disease, it is imperative that we stay healthy. How does one practice patience? By staying away from crowds and gatherings, avoiding leaving your homes. This is called ‘Social Distancing’ nowadays and is critical in these times of the global corona pandemic,” he said.
Modi further added, “I also appeal that the elderly, senior citizens and those above 65 years of age in our families, not leave homes for the next few weeks. Today’s generation may not be very familiar with this, but in the olden times, the blackout was observed at night during wartime. This would at times go on for prolonged periods. Several times, there would also be blackout drills.”
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