Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation on the novel coronavirus outbreak on Thursday, appealed the citizens to follow a ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday (March 22).
“I am seeking one more support from every countrymen today. This is a public curfew. Janta curfew means for the public, curfew imposed by the public on its own. Every citizen must follow Janta curfew on this Sunday, March 22, from 7 am to 9 pm,” Modi said in his address to the nation.
“If possible, please call at least 10 people every day and tell them about the ‘Janta curfew’ as well as the measures to prevent coronavirus,” he said.
PM Modi also emphasized that no definite solution has been found and no vaccine has been developed yet to deal with the novel coronavirus.
“The whole world is going through a very serious phase of crisis at this time. Generally, whenever a natural crisis comes, it is limited to a few countries or states. But this time this crisis is such, which has put the entire human race in crisis all over the world,” Modi said.
“In these two months, 130 crore citizens of India have fought the coronavirus epidemic firmly and took necessary precautions. The belief that we are not prone to the global coronavirus pandemic is not right. Hence, it is important that every Indian should be alert,” PM added.
Furthermore, PM announced the formation of a COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force led by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to deal with the situation arising out of novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.
“Keeping in mind the economic challenges arising out of the coronavirus epidemic, the government has decided to constitute COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force led by the Finance Minister. This task force will also ensure that all steps are taken to reduce the economic difficulties and execute them effectively,” PM Modi said in his address to the nation.
The task force will remain in regular touch with all stakeholders, take their feedback and make decisions accordingly, PM added further.
The Prime Minister has requested all the senior citinzes to stay indoors during for the next few weeks due to the outbreak of the global pandemic and requested the citizens to avoid visiting hospitals for routine check ups.
“Social distancing is extremely important and effective in reducing the impact of coronavirus. All senior citizens in our family should not get out of houses. I request all people in the country to get out of the house only when it is extremely necessary, try and do all work from home,” he said.
“The total number of positive cases of coronavirus cases in India stands at 167, including 25 foreigners. Four deaths (one each) have been reported in Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra,” the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement.