Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown due to rising cases of Novel Coronavirus pandemic. To contain the virus spread: this complete lockdown came into effect from today midnight. A few days ago, he announced lockdown in 75 districts of the country, where COVID-19 cases or casualties were confirmed.
During a special televised address to the nation, PM Modi said that even the nations with the best medical facilities could not contain the virus. Thus social distancing is the only solution to reduce its impact.
“All of you are also witnessing how the most advanced countries of the world have been rendered absolutely helpless by this pandemic. It is not that these countries are not putting in adequate efforts or they lack resources. The Coronavirus is spreading at such a rapid pace that despite all the preparations and efforts, these countries are finding it hard to manage the crisis.
The analysis of happenings in all these countries since the last two months, and the opinion of experts has proved that there is only one way to effectively deal with Coronavirus – Social Distancing.”
The PM also cautioned the careless people and said,
“Carelessness of a few, ill-conceived notions of a few can put you, your children, your parents, your family, your friends, the entire country in grave jeopardy. It will be impossible to estimate the price India will have to pay if this carelessness continues.”
Also, he requested the people to take the lockdown that the State Governments imposed across the nation with full sincerity. The PM declared that from today midnight onwards, the whole country is under full lockdown. A complete ban is imposed on people from stepping out of their homes for 21 days.
He said this decision is taken based on the experiences of health sector experts and other nations, and a 21-day lockdown is necessary to break the chain of infection.
Adding to that, he said that it will be a few levels above Janata Curfew and would be even stricter. He said it is vital to protect the country and its citizens against the virus.
Talking about the economic impact of the pandemic, PM said-
“The nation will have to certainly pay an economic cost because of this lockdown. However, to save the life of each and every Indian is our top most priority. Hence, It is my plea to you to continue staying wherever you are right now in the country.”
Then, explaining that if the situation is not brought under control in the coming three weeks, India could go back 21 years. Many families would be devastated forever. So, he urged the citizens to do only one thing in these 21 days – stay at their homes.
Moreover, PM Modi said that the experiences of nations that have restrained Coronavirus give a ray of hope. He said that they observed lockdown, and people followed the rules to overcome the crisis.
The PM remarked,
“India is at a stage where our current actions will determine how much we are able to minimize the impact of this disaster. It’s time to consistently keep strengthening our resolve. It’s time to exercise caution at every step. You have to remember that Jaan hai toh Jahaan hai. This is the time for patience and discipline. Until the lockdown situation remains, we must keep our resolve, we must keep our promise.”
Further, he stated that the Centre and State govt are working proactively to make sure the citizens do not face a lot of inconvenience in their everyday life. He added that provisions are made to ensure that supplies of all essential items carry out smoothly. Besides the governments, he said people from civil societies & institutions are continually striving to reduce the problems of the poor.
PM Modi declared that the government granted Rs. 15,000,00,00,000 to strengthen the medical infrastructure and treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Furthermore, he urged the people to beware of rumors or superstitions floating around during this time. He asked them not to take any medication without consulting doctors if you have any symptoms of this virus infection.
Besides, the PM commended all Indians who contributed with full responsibility and sensitivity to ensure the Janata Curfew’s success. He added-
“Through one day of Janata-Curfew, India proved that at the time of crisis befalling our nation, at the time of crisis befalling humanity, how each and every Indian comes together to put forth united efforts to deal with it.”
On a concluding note, the PM said that though a 21-day lockdown seems long, it is crucial for you and your family’s safety. He expressed faith that each Indian would not only successfully combat this tough situation but also come out victorious.
Watch the Full Address Here:
“Addressing the nation on battling the COVID-19 menace. #IndiaFightsCorona”
In a tweet, he reiterated that people do not need to panic–
“My fellow citizens,
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO PANIC.
Essential commodities, medicines etc. would be available. Centre and various state governments will work in close coordination to ensure this.
Together, we will fight COVID-19 and create a healthier India.
He urged them to avoid panic buying and added-
“By converging around shops, you are risking the spread of COVID-19.
No panic buying please.
Please stay indoors.
I repeat- Centre and State Governments will ensure all essentials are available.”
After a video chat with electronic media stakeholders on Monday, he also held a video conference with the print media journalists and stakeholders yesterday. He tweeted on his official handle-
“Earlier today, interacted with those associated with the print media. We discussed many subjects relating to fighting the COVID-19 menace and the role media can play in times such as this.”
Also, he interacted with the doctors, nurses, and lab technicians from across the nation via video conferencing. He wrote in a tweet-
“This evening, I had an extensive interaction with doctors, nurses and lab technicians from all over the country. I lauded them for their exceptional efforts to ensure our nation is healthy. #IndiaFightsCorona”
He further tweeted-
“Doctors, nurses and lab technicians shared their insights and experiences of tackling COVID-19.
What was heartening was their unwavering determination to ensure care for every citizen.
India salutes them for everything they are doing for the nation.”
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