With the entire nation observing Janta Curfew, South India showed tremendous support towards the initiative. Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Karnataka witnessed empty streets and shut markets today.
Andhra Pradesh showed massive solidarity towards the Janta Curfew as people voluntarily stayed home and contributed to fighting the spread of Covid-19. Not only the urban but rural areas too extended their support to the Janta Curfew proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Kerala wore a deserted look as people extended their support for making Janta Curfew a success. As the number of coronavirus cases is on the rise in the state, Keralites have registered their fight against the virus by abiding by the guidelines laid out by the government. Another set of strict measures is expected to be launched by the state authorities in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the Janta Curfew received a good response in Bengaluru, with shops and other commercial establishments voluntarily downing their shutters. As citizens preferred to stay at home, most thoroughfares across the city, including the Ring Road and National Highways passing through Bengaluru, wore a deserted look.
Earlier, City police commissioner Bhaskar Rao had asked the citizens to strictly refrain from “unnecessarily venturing out on Sunday.” He further added, “We’ll install barricades and monitor movement of the public. If the police feel people are roaming around unnecessarily, we’ll insist they return home. If they don’t obey the instruction, we can either detain or arrest them under various sections of the IPC besides Section 31(L) of the Karnataka Police Act.”
Janta Curfew in Tamil Nadu has been extended till 5 AM tomorrow as per the orders from the state government. Today, the state came to a standstill as it witnessed deserted roads, markets, railway stations, bus stands, and other places of public gatherings. The public of Tamil Nadu showed solidarity with the Janta Curfew.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had on Saturday appealed to people for observing a 24-hour self-imposed curfew staring from 6 AM on Sunday till 6 AM on Monday. With markets, shops, hotels, and other businesses shut across the state, Telangana evoked a great response as people too decided to stay confined to their houses.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to the citizens to observe a Janta Curfew from 7 AM to 9 PM on the 22nd of March to combat the coronavirus outbreak. He had also requested everyone to come out in their balconies at 5 PM and applaud the efforts of various teams working towards curbing the spread of Covid-19.
People came out in an overwhelming number and expressed their gratitude towards the teams working towards handling the coronavirus crisis. While some people resorted to clapping, others banged thalis, played ‘Shankhs’, and some even chanted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and played music from their respective houses.