Whole of India under lockdown for 21 days

PM appeals citizens not to go out of homes, fight Covid-19 with determination

GN Bureau | March 24, 2020


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File photo of PM`s address to the nation on Thursday
File photo of PM`s address to the nation on Thursday

The lockdown in most parts of India was extended Tuesday night to the whole nation – for 21 days, bringing life to a standstill in the subcontinent. Prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday evening addressed the nation again and urged citizens not to venture out and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The announcement came on a day the number of the coronavirus affected people rose to 500 in India, with ten deaths. Modi also announced allotment of Rs 15,000 crore for medical facilities for fighting the virus.

He also assured people that supply of essentials would be ensured. Urging people “with folded hands” not to step out of homes, he also reminded them to thank those who are on duty to help the nation in the battle.At one point, he displayed a board, based on a social media message, which expanded "Corona" to "Koi Road par Na Nikle", noody should go out on the roads.

Modi also expressed the hope that the nation will emerge from the crisis stronger.

Ealier, the PM had addressed the nation on Thursday, calling for a "janta curfew" on Sunday.

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