“I will share some important things with the countrymen regarding the global outbreak of coronavirus outbreak. Today, 24 March I will address the country at 8 pm,” his tweet read.
In a television address last Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the threat posed by the Sars-Cov-2 virus — which causes the disease, appealed to people to practise social distancing and work from home, and asked Indians to take a pledge to keep themselves and others in the society safe.
He apprised the nation of an emergency task force to mitigate the economic challenges stemming from the crisis and requested citizens to observe a Janata curfew (people’s curfew) while laying stress on the concepts of “determination” and “restraint” in his 30-minute address.
The Janta Curfew was in place for 14 hours on Sunday – from 7 am to 9 pm. And, as advised by the Prime Minister, people stayed off the roads and public places during this period.
During and after that people’s curfew on Sunday, India announced unprecedented restrictions, including travel curbs, to stop the infection. As many as 32 states and Union Territories, including Delhi, are under complete lockdown.
On Monday, Modi appealed to state governments to ensure the adherence to the unprecedented measures announced in several parts of the country, saying that many people are still not taking the situation seriously. And then, again on Twitter, Modi said he called upon industry leaders to continue following the work-from-home order as much as possible.
In India, nine people have died.
Trains, metros and inter-state buses have been stopped and airlines will stop flying from tomorrow.
PM Modi had yesterday expressed concern in a tweet that many were not taking the lockdown seriously. “Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request state governments to ensure rules and laws are followed,” he tweeted in Hindi.