India to go under total lockdown for 21 days starting midnight to fight Coronavirus

New Delhi: Addressing the nation on Coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a nation-wide lockdown is being imposed in the country starting Tuesday midnight to curb the spread of the disease. “In the view of the current situation, the nationwide complete lockdown will be in place for 21 days — 3 weeks. If we are not able to manage the upcoming 21 days (of nationwide complete lockdown), we will be pushed back 21 years,” said Modi.

“You have to remember that a Coronavirus infected person initially appears to be normal and doesn’t show symptoms. So maintain precautions and stay at home,” the Prime Minister told the nation in his second address within a week.

PM calls for social distancing, self-isolation during Coronavirus lockdown

Stressing on the importance of social distancing, Modi said that the virus can only be contained by preventing new cases. “To stop coronavirus, stay at a distance from each other and stay inside your houses,” he said. Modi added that experts and the experience of countries fighting the deadly virus have made it clear that social distancing is the only way to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

The PM added that there will be a complete bar on people from stepping outside their homes.

The backdrop

In his last address to the nation, the Prime Minister had briefed the country about the pandemic situation and the measures they could take to prevent the spread of the disease. He had called for a self-imposed ‘Janata curfew’ on March 22 in his address. The news came as the total number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in India rose to 519 on Tuesday. Of these, 43 people are foreign nationals. Nine COVID-19 deaths have taken place in the country so far.