In an unprecedented move, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, announced a national lockdown for the next 21 days all across the country.
During his second 8 pm address on the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Modi said every state, district, and village across India will be under lockdown for the next 21 days.
“There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes,” Modi said in a televised address.
“The entire country will be in lockdown, total lockdown”
He added: “To save India, to save its every citizen, you, your family… every street, every neighbourhood is being put under lockdown.”
“This is a curfew,” he said. “We will have to pay the economic cost of this but [it] is the responsibility of everyone.”
He said India was increasingly recording cases of the coronavirus, and had to take urgent steps to prevent paying an unimaginable price.
Modi however advised Indians not to panic, as essential commodities and medicines would be available.
My fellow citizens,
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO PANIC.
Essential commodities, medicines etc. would be available. Centre and various state governments will work in close coordination to ensure this.
Together, we will fight COVID-19 and create a healthier India.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 24, 2020