Wednesday, 25 November, 2020

1.3 bn Indians under 21-day lockdown

PM to address nation at 8 pm today on coronavirus outbreak PM Narendra Modi to address nation tonight over coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic: Here`s what to expect from h...
Deanna Wagner | 25 March, 2020, 05:27

Now, Modi and the central government are rolling out even more drastic rules - including the complete closure of commercial and private establishments, with few exceptions for services deemed essential.

In a televised address on Tuesday night, the prime minister, Narendra Modi, announced that for the next 21 days, nearly one fifth of the world's population should "forget what going out means".

In an address to the nation, Modi said the latest measure is aimed at preventing further spread of the coronavirus in the world's second-most populous country.

As soon as the speech ended, neighbourhoods and markets across the country saw a sudden rise in traffic and footfalls as people rushed to stock up on supplies, with concerns about social distancing - the goal of the lockdown in the first place - temporarily being ignored.

A daily average of 1,338 samples have been tested in India during the past five days, the Health and Family Welfare Ministry said.

Stating that the lockdown will be in effect for 21 days or 3 weeks, Modi urged the people of the nation to stay put where there are.

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"If we have to stop the spread of corona, we have to break the cycle of infection", Modi said in his Tuesday statement, before outlining the terms of India's new mandate. "But every government's priority is to save the life of every Indian at this time", PM Modi added.

The Prime Minister assured that all efforts are being taken to ensure no disruption to normal life.

"Forget going out, stay at home...do not violate the Lakshman Rekha at your doorstep", the PM Modi said, appealing to the citizens with folded hands. He has time and again asked people to follow the lockdown instructions seriously.

But with global disruptions to supply chains and countries worldwide racing to secure medical supplies in the pandemic, experts said India is facing crucial shortages of ventilators, testing kits, and masks, gowns and other protective equipment for health workers.

India has so far reported 482 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and nine deaths. "It will surely bounce back with a vengeance if this is the predominant thing we do, without other public health interventions like expanding testing, isolating and treating".

Health researchers have warned that more than a million people in India could be infected with the coronavirus by mid-May. If we are not able to manage this pandemic in the next 21 days, the country and your family will be setback by 21 years.