Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to calm nerves and urged Indians to remain indoors as much as possible as he addressed the nation on how it could battle the coronavirus pandemic. Prime minister Narendra Modi Announced Janata Curfew on 22 March’ from 7 am to 9 pm Sunday, 22 March, to stop the spread of coronavirus that has already claimed four lives in the country and infected at least 169 others.
“Under ‘Janata Curfew’ no one will go out of their houses. It will also prepare us for the forthcoming days,” said PM Modi, hinting that such isolation drives could be essential in the future to stop the spread of COVID19. Narendra Modi said the world is passing through a “grave” situation which is worse than any World War. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India is still in phase 2 of disease transmission, which involves only local transmission.
Narendra Modi Announced Janata Curfew on 22 March
The government, he said, will constitute a COVID-19 task force headed by the Union finance minister to handle the economic challenges arising from the spread of the virus and the resultant impact on various sectors of the economy. Narendra Modi also stressed the need to avoid panic buying and assured that the government was taking all steps to ensure that the supply of essential commodities was not disrupted.