NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a complete nationwide lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country, starting from midnight 24 March for 21 days.
“This lockdown will be strictly imposed in every village and every lane. According to health experts, 21 days are necessary to break the cycle of coronavirus. If these 21 days are not observed as a lockdown, it will take us back 21 years.”
“I urge you to forget the outside world for these 21 days. Forget every work except the work of staying at home. With this order, we have drawn a ‘lakshan rekha’ around your house from now onwards,” Modi said, giving details of the complete nationwide lockdown in effect from tonight. “
He said Rs 15000 Crore has been ear marked for corona care.
Modi quoted WHO statistics to emphasise the need of the complete nationwide lockdown in a bid to spread coronavirus. He said that from taking 60+ days to spread to one lakh people, the coronavirus has now started spreading faster and faster.
He also said that multiple countries around the world are suffering from the coronavirus, despite having world-class health care systems.
“People in countries like America have adhered to the quarantine guidelines laid down by the government to the last letter, which is how they are starting to overcome the disease now. Social distancing — from the prime minister down to the last citizen in every village, has to follow self-isolation,” Modi said, urging citizens for the second time over quarantine.
Detailing the efforts taken to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus across the world, Modi said that the precaution of social distancing is a tried and tested way of succeeding in curbing the pandemic.
“There is a misconception that social distancing is only for those who are sick. Social distancing is for everyone, even the prime minister! Some people are spreading false information, which will affect every single citizen of the country. And if all citizens are affected, the negative effects are unimaginable,” he said.
Modi said that every citizen should be compassionate and grateful for those in essential services like doctors and nurses and police, and even the media and hygiene workers who are sanitising public areas.