Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation today at 8PM. He appealed to fellow countrymen to follow the experts’ advice on social distancing and imposed a complete lockdown of the country for 21 days.
PM Narendra Modi announced a complete nationwide lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country, starting from midnight on 24 March for 21 days. In his address to the nation he mentioned:
“This lockdown will be strictly imposed in every village and every lane. According to health experts, 21 days are necessary to break the cycle of coronavirus. If these 21 days are not observed as a lockdown, it will take us back 21 years.”
At the start of his address, Modi talked about the efforts being taken to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus across the world. Modi said that the precaution of social distancing is a tried and tested way of succeeding in curbing the pandemic.
“There is a misconception that social distancing is only for those who are sick. Social distancing is for everyone, even the prime minister! Some people are spreading false information, which will affect every single citizen of the country. And if all citizens are affected, the negative effects are unimaginable.”
He displayed a poster of what Corona means at this stage. He said:
“CORONA means ‘Koi Road Par Na Nikle’ (No one must go out on the roads).”
Modi talked about global Coronavirus figures released by WHO figures to emphasize on the need for a lockdown. He said that from taking 67 days to spread to one lakh people, the coronavirus has now started spread to next lakh in just 11 days.
He also said that every citizen should be compassionate and grateful for those in essential services like doctors and nurses and police, and even the media and hygiene workers who are sanitizing public areas.
PM also announced that Rs 15,000 Crores have been earmarked to tackle the disease COVID-19.
We urge all our readers to follow the Government guidelines on lockdown and help save the country from this deadly disease.