Prime Minister Narendra Modi put millions under coronavirus lockdown in India, in a measure to control the spread of the global pandemic. Therefore, 1.3 billion people in India will have to adhere to new restrictions starting midnight today. The lockdown is expected to last 21 days.
The reported coronavirus cases passed 500 in India today. And, PM Modi said he arrived at the decision to lockdown the country due to the severity of the pandemic.
In his second address to the nation in mere weeks, the PM stressed the importance of social distancing to curb the spread of the virus. He emphasized to the nation that there is still no cure for the virus. Hence, all we can do is containing the virus by preventing new cases. He urged his citizen to stay at a distance from each other, and stay inside your homes.
PM Modi also said if India is not able to control the situation in the next 21 days, the country will go back by 21 years.
He also pledged funds to continue tests, provide medical equipment and facilities to the medical staff. He urged the people to respect the lockdown conditions by not stepping out their houses during the stipulated time period.
Indian authorities issued a guideline for the next 21 days. Accordingly, the essential services will continue to function, including medical services. Public utilities such as CNG and LNG will be continued to be supplied for the public. Disaster management, power generation, postal services will continue to function.
India has so far reported 520 cases with 10 deaths, with 20 new cases reported today. As India is a country of 1.3 billion people, the second largest population following China, the stringent measure are deemed as necessary to curb a possible nationwide outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.