PM Modi calls for ‘Janata Curfew’, to be implemented on 22nd March
The Minitry of Finance guided COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force would also be put into action to assess the financial stability of India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged India’s 1.3 billion citizens to put themselves under self-curfew on Sunday to protect themselves from the coronavirus, hours after the government announced it was barring all international flights from landing in the country for a week starting March 22. The announcement came as the number of coronavirus cases in India reached 173 on Thursday.
Here are the highlights from the PM's address to the nation:
- Janata Curfew: The prime minister requested for ‘resolve and restraint’ from all citizens of the country and have called for a ‘Janata Curfew’ on 22 March. The self-imposed curfew will begin at 7am in the morning and will go on till 9pm. He asked no citizen to leave the house except for people who are involved in critical services. Government, media and healthcare professionals will have to remain active.
- Crisis period: PM compared the current outbreak worse than both the World Wars. He reinforced the fact that there no vaccine has been developed yet and we as a country is in a very critical situation.
- Not to exploit the healthcare system: Routine checks should be tried to be avoided and help India’s medical professionals cope up with the growing coronavirus cases.
- COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force: The government has setup the COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force so as to come up with solutions to reverse the negative impact COVID-a9 caused on the economy. It wpuld be managed by the Ministry of Finance.
PM Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic on 19th March, Wednesday, evening. After the meeting, the PMO announced that the PM would address the nation on Thursday at 8:00 pm.