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March 24, 2020

Prime Minister of India calls for Social Distancing and Complete Lockdown of Entire Nation for 21 Days.

Narendra Modi

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressing at the centenary celebrations of Shri Jagadguru Vishwaradhya Gurukul, at Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh on February 16, 2020. [File Photo]

New Delhi, March 24, 2020 — Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, called for a complete lockdown of the entire nation for the next 21 days beginning at midnight tonight to contain the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In an unusual televised address to the nation, the Prime Minister said that even those nations with the best of the medical facilities could not contain the virus and that the Social Distancing is the only option to mitigate it.

“You are witnessing how the most advanced countries of the world have been rendered helpless by this Pandemic. It is not that these countries are not putting in enough effort, or they lack resources. The Coronavirus is spreading at such a pace that they are finding it hard to manage the crisis.”

“The analysis of happenings in all these countries since the last two months and the opinion of experts have demonstrated that there is only one way to deal with Coronavirus effectively — Social Distancing,” Prime Minister Modi said.

Cautioning those who are careless, the Prime Minister added, “carelessness of a few, ill-conceived notions of a few, can put you, your children, your parents, your family, your friends, the entire country in grave jeopardy. It will be impossible to estimate the price India will have to pay if this carelessness continues.”

He urged the people to take with utmost sincerity the lockdown imposed by the State Governments in several parts of the country.

The Prime Minister announced that from midnight tonight onwards, the entire country shall go under complete lockdown. The Government has decided to ban people from stepping out of their homes for 21 days.

He said the experiences of health sector experts and that of other countries produced this decision. Twenty-one days are essential to break the chain of infection, he added.

He said this decision is vital to protect the country and each of its citizens against the Corona Pandemic.

Discussing the economic impact owing to the Pandemic, the Prime Minister said, “The nation will have to pay an economic cost because of this lockdown certainly. However, to save the life of every Indian is our topmost priority. Hence, It is my plea to you to continue staying wherever you are right now in the country.”

The Prime Minister explained that if we do not bring the situation under control in the next three weeks, the country could go back 21 years, and several families would be devastated forever. Hence, he urged the people to do just one thing in the next 21 days - to stay inside their homes.

The Prime Minister said the experiences of those countries that have been able to contain Corona offer some ray of hope. He said that those countries that observed lockdown and where people adhered to the rules were able to surmount the Pandemic.

The Prime Minister said, “India is at a stage where our current actions will determine how much we can minimize the impact of this disaster. It’s time to keep strengthening our resolve consistently and exercise caution, patience, and discipline at every step. Until the lockdown situation remains, we must keep our resolve. We must keep our promise.”

The Prime Minister said the Central and State Governments countrywide are working swiftly to ensure that citizens do not face inconveniences in their daily life. He said that the Government is making provisions to ensure that the supplies of all essential items continue smoothly. He added that along with the Central and State Governments, individuals, civil societies and institutions are continually striving to reduce the problems of the poor during this period of crisis.

The Prime Minister concluded that though 21 days of lockdown is a long time, it is equally essential for “your safety and that of your family.” He expressed confidence that every Indian will not only successfully fight this difficult situation but also emerge from it victoriously.

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