Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Image courtesy: Twitter

To fight against coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the citizens of the country to follow the concept of ‘Janta Curfew’ on March 22, 2020 from 7 am to 9 pm.

Prime Minister Modi made the appeal during his address to the nation at 8 pm on Thursday on combating the challenge of COVID-19 or coronavirus.

On the occasion of ‘Navratra’, Prime Minister made nine requests to the people.

The PM said during the ‘Janta Curfew’ no one apart from those involved with essential services is supposed to venture out of home.

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He said, “The success of such a people’s movement and the experiences gained from it will prepare us for the challenges ahead.”

The PM added: “Our efforts on March 22 would be a symbol of our self restraint and determination to perform duty in the national interest.”

The PM said patience and resolve of all Indians is vital in fighting the global pandemic which has wreaked havoc all over the world.

He requested the citizens to follow certain measures to ensure the containment of the fast spreading virus.

Modi emphasized on the importance of not taking the pandemic lightly and the need to be aware and proactive towards prevention of COVID-19.

The PM urged the citizens to follow the mantra of “when we are healthy, the world is healthy”.

He stressed on the importance of following self imposed norms like ‘social distancing’.

Requesting citizens to patiently abide by the norm, he urged the need to isolate oneself and come out of the house only if imperative, while trying to work from home and avoid unnecessary travel.

He also urged that senior citizens above the age of 60 should not come out of their homes for the coming few weeks.

Highlighting the stress on the hospitals, he urged everyone to avoid routine check-ups during this time and to extend the date of surgeries scheduled, wherever feasible.

Urging the state governments to take the lead, the PM asked all youth organizations including NCC and NSS, civil societies to generate awareness among people about the ‘Janta Curfew’.

He urged everyone to try to inform at least ten other people over phone about this self imposed curfew.

The PM said there are many brave people who are in the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic like medical staff, police, government servants, airline staff, media persons, bus/train/auto operators and those involved in providing home delivery.

To pay respects to their huge service to the nation during such trying times, PM suggested that on March 22 at 5 PM, all citizens should acknowledge and salute their efforts.

The PM urged the citizens to stand in the balconies and at the doors of their houses and clap or ring bells for five minutes as a show of appreciation.

He urged the local government across the country to indicate the timing through blaring out a siren at 5 pm.

To deal with the economic challenges caused by the pandemic, Prime Minister announced the creation of ‘COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force’ under the Union finance minister.

The Task Force will consult stakeholders, take feedback, on the basis of which decisions will be taken to meet the challenges.

The task force will also ensure implementation of the decisions taken to meet these challenges.

The PM also urged the business community and higher income groups to look after the economic needs of those from lower income groups.

He also assured the countrymen that there would not be any shortage of essential items like food, milk and medicines.

He urged people to not resort to panic buying.

The PM exhorted everyone to work together and contribute fully to overcome the crisis of COVID-19.

He urged the citizens not to fall prey to misinformation.

The PM said during the time of such a global pandemic, it is important to ensure that ‘humanity wins and India wins’.

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