India, 25th March: Indian PM, Narendra Modi today announced a ‘total lockdown’ in the country after the spike in the number of the coronavirus cases in India.
According to the reports of Baaghi TV, the restrictions came into force at midnight and will continue for 21 days. Mr. Modi has strictly ordered the people from venturing out and staying indoors for 21 days.
He has appealed not to create panic, however, people ran out to the general stores to get the essential supplies after the announcement made on the television.
As per the sources, it is not known how, or even, if people will be allowed to go out to buy food or other essentials.
The new order was passed keeping in view the increasing number of the coronavirus cases, which has risen up to 519 confirmed cases and 10 reported deaths.
“The entire country will be in lockdown, total lockdown,” Mr. Modi said on Tuesday.
He added: “To save India, to save its every citizen, you, your family… every street, every neighborhood is being put under lockdown.”
Mr. Modi warned that if India does not “handle these 21 days well, then our country… will go backward by 21 years”.
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. https://t.co/bX00az1h7l
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 24, 2020
“This is a curfew,” he said. “We will have to pay the economic cost of this but [it] is the responsibility of everyone.”
According to the new measures taken by Narendra Modi in the country, all the shops, offices, businesses, and schools, colleges will be closed, only the hospitals and medical facilities will remain open to function. Anyone flouting the new rules faces up to two years in prison and heavy fines.
In his address, Prime Minister Modi also:
- Stressed that the 21-day lockdown was “very necessary to break the chain of coronavirus”
- Emphasized the seriousness of the situation and said that even developed countries had faced problems in combating it
- Said that “social distancing was the only way to stop” the virus spreading
- Announced that nearly $2bn (£1.8bn) would be made available to boost the country’s health infrastructure
- Called on people not to “spread rumors” and to follow instructions (As per the BBC News)
According to the sources, PM, Narendra Modi also announced today to convert railway coaches and cabins into isolation wards and ICUs for the treatment of the coronavirus patients in the remote areas of the country.
Since all the towns have rail access, so the trains will act as makeshift isolation wards to help those who live in remotre areas and are unable to get the immediate health facilities on the outbreak of the virus.
The passenger trains have already been cancelled in the country till the 14th April, so the PM is on the lines to convert them as the quarantined wards for the effected patients.
Baaghi TV urges you to play your part as a respectable citizen by staying at home to ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones and the community.
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