PM declares 21-day national lockdown

PM declares 21-day national lockdown
Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI, MAR 24 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/24/2020 8:26:51 AM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the only solution to control the spread of novel coronavirus is social distancing. "If you want to tame the spread of the virus, the only way to do it is to break the cycle of transmission by practicing social distancing," the prime minister said while addressing the nation for the second time on the epidemic.

The prime minister has announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown, effective from Tuesday midnight.

The PM dispelled the belief that social distancing should be adopted only by those affected by the virus. "Social distancing is not just for the sick, but for each and every person, including you, your family and even your family."

"Coronavirus took 67 days to reach the first one lakh people and only 11 days to reach the next one lakh. What's more frightening is that his disease took just four days to reach from two lakh to three lakh," the PM said.

"We should all assume that social distancing is the only way in front of us- We cannot get out of the house. Come what may, stay at home," PM Modi said.

The prime minister said that the nationwide lockdown will be just like a curfew.

"If you won't follow this lockdown for 21 days then your family may face setback of 21 years, some families will be devested forever," the PM said.

PM Modi said that the lockdown will etch a Lakshman Rekha outside everyone's house, which must not be crossed. "Forget about leaving your house for the next 21 days, stay where you are," the prime minister said.


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