PM Narendra Modi calls for ‘Janta curfew’ on March 22 from 7 am to 9 pm; urges people to stay indoors

Govt to constitute a Task Force under the chairmanship of Finance Minister to deal with economic challenges

Prime News, National, Health, New Delhi, March 20:- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (Mar 19) made a fervent appeal to all Indians to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid getting infected by coronavirus, saying the world has never seen a danger as grave as this.

PM Modi has announced ‘Janata curfew’ on Sunday (March 22) in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak. It will be self-imposed and self-regulated and will be effective from 7 am till 9 pm. He said, no one should step out of their homes during this period except those people in essential services.

He also urged countrymen to thank people like doctors, medical personnel and cleaning staff for their service on Sunday at 5 pm.

“Even World War I and II did not affect as many countries as coronavirus has done,” Modi said in a national broadcast in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Asking people to sacrifice “some weeks of yours, some time of yours”, Modi said given that coronavirus has no cure yet, the only way to stay safe is to stay indoors.

“I request all people in country to get out of house only when it is extremely necessary, try and do all work from home,” he said.

PM Modi requested all people to step out of house in the coming few weeks only if extremely necessary, and work from home as much as possible. He also urged senior citizens above the age of 65 years to stay at home in the coming days.

The Prime Minister said government is taking all necessary steps to ensure supply of essential commodities. He appealed to the people not to go for panic buying. The Prime Minister also appealed to the business community to take care of the economic needs of their employees by not deducting their salary if they are not able to come to work.

Prime Minister also said the government has decided to constitute a Task Force under the chairmanship of Finance Minister which will interact with all the stakeholders. Modi pointed out that for a developing country like India with a huge population, coronavirus will not be easy to be dealt with. He said resolve and restraint are a must in order to contain the outbreak. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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