New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a ‘janata curfew’ on Sunday, March 22 from 7 am to 9 pm as a step to combat spread of COVID-19.

Addressing the nation through a televised address, the Prime Minister requested everyone to stay indoors on Sunday and stand on their balconies or corridors at 5 pm and applaud the good work being done by the healthcare personnel, hospital staff, home delivery people, policemen, media people and cleaning staff who have been working tirelessly. “It is not that they would not get infected. Yet they have been working without thinking about what is going to happen to them. We should show our gratitude to them,” PM Modi said.

He urged upon the senior citizens not to step out of home for their own safety.

PM Modi further said that people of India cannot be complacent. Every Indian should be alert and wary of the situation, practice restraint and resolve to protect self and fight the global pandemic by practicing social distancing.

The Prime Minister during his 29-minute address urged upon everyone to abstain from panic buying as essential and other commodities like food, milk, medicines would continue to be available in the coming days.

PM Modi announced that an economic response task force is being set up under finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman to look into economic and financial issues as a fallout of COVID-19. He also urged upon the business community to refrain from pay cuts in case someone is unable to join work.

So far, COVID19 virus has claimed four lives and affected over 170 people across the country.

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