Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced nationwide three weeks lockdown starting from Tuesday midnight. All states and union territories will come under its purview.
He said this is an essential step to fight coronavirus decisively. He added that saving lives is priority as of now. “If we will be negligent towards observing social distance India will have to pay heavy price”, he said.
"With folded hands, I request you to stay put wherever you are," said Prime Minister Modi. He added that he is mindful of the economic ramifications of it. However, this is a smaller concern.
But he did not mention how a common man will handle his daily life and requirements. The daily wage workers who have been already facing problems due to lockdown in the states will also face difficulties in coming days. they did not find any mention in the prime minister’s address. All this has created a confusion amid people.
He time and again stressed on the coronavirus infection and efforts to contain it.
Cornavirus has made many powerful countries helpless; challenges are increasing despite all efforts. Experts are saying that 'social distancing' is the only way to tackle coranavirus, he said.
PM Modi warned, if we don't follow a complete lockdown for the coming 21 days, the nation will go back 21 years and many families will be devastated.
You have to remember that a Coronavirus infected person initially appears to be normal and doesn't show symptoms. So maintain precautions and stay at home, he added.
“Today India is at the stage where our actions today, will decide that to what extent we can bring down the impact of this disaster. This is the time to strengthen our resolve again and again,” the prime minister said.
"Some people are under the misconception that social distancing is only for those infected with coronavirus... but they should understand that this for everyone because it is important to break the cycle," said PM Modi in his address to the nation.
He also mentioned the financial cost of this lockdown. “We may have to pay financial cost for this lockdown but it is important for safety of people.” he said.
This is his second address to the nation regarding coronavirus. In his first address he urged Indians to observe 'Janata Curfew'.