Prime Minister Modi addressed the nation on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, 19 March.
According to a report by News18, instead of a complete lockdown like the ones Spain and Italy have imposed, PM Modi called for a "Janata Curfew" on Sunday, March 22, preaching self-isolation during such tense times.
In India, confirmed cases of COVID-19 have gone up to 169 - including the four who have died. "We have over 50 orders pending and will only open once we've delivered the pending orders", one of the owners told G Plus. "I appeal to all not to go into panic buying to store essential commodities".
He urged those above 65 years of age to stay at home over the next few weeks, comparing the restrictions to the blackouts and drills practised in the last century when there were frequent wars, and urged people to work from home as much as possible. In its directive, the railways stated that the demand for rail travel will be "vastly reduced during the Janata Curfew" and asked all its zones to regulate all trains in their respective regions including suburban railway network.
He also assured the countrymen that there would not be any shortage of essential items like food, milk, medicines etc.
Meanwhile, taking a cue from other nations, the Indian government announced earlier today that no foreign flights will land in the nation starting Sunday, for one week. People need to follow the advisories issued by the State and Central government.
As of Thursday, the number of Corona positive cases in India rose to 173 and 4 deaths were recorded. "Only those associated with emergency and essential services may leave their homes", he said.
Travellers from several countries are also subject to a 14-day quarantine when they arrive in India.
PM Modi has been closely monitoring the situation to devise ways to strengthen India's preparedness, including further enhancing testing facilities and actively engaging with individuals, local communities and organisations in chalking our mechanisms to fight the COVID-19 menace. "Effective implementation of the strategy will go a long way in controlling the spread of the virus", Bekedam said in a statement released by the World Health Organization after Modi's address to the nation on Thursday evening. Other concessions have been announced for various sectors affected by the poor overall demand for goods and services owing to the outbreak, something which the Centre and other states can consider.
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