Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday requested to the 1.3 billion population to follow a one-day curfew alongside a ban on international flight arrivals to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The PM did not go into details about the measures taken by the government to combat the threat.
Here are the key highlights from the Prime Minister’s speech.
>Janata Curfew will take place on Sunday 22 March from 7 am to 9 pm. All citizens, except those working in essential services such as police, medical services etc, are under duress to abide by the curfew-like restrictions.
>Modi has invited the citizens to inform at least 10 people about the Janata Curfew. "If possible, please call at least 10 people every day and tell them about the 'Janta Curfew' as well as the measures to prevent," PM Narendra Modi said.
>Modi also advised businesses and citizens belonging to the higher income group to take care of the financial interests of the people from the lower layers of the society. The prime minister counseled that companies should not cut salary of employees or house helps who are unable to discharge their duties due to the closure and pandemic.
>Modi also came up with a plan to prompt immense gratitude and indebtedness for those ensuring essential services continue uninterrupted, while brazing the risk of constricting the infection. He said requested that at 5 pm, all the citizens should stand in their doorways or balconies and clap, clank utensils or ring bells to show appreciation for medical professionals and all those who are associated with essential services.
Well, the government has decided to establish COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force under Finance Minister. Let’s hope that this curfew does impact the nation in a positive way.