India will be under complete lockdown for 21 days: Narendra Modi

India will be under complete lockdown for 21 days: Narendra Modi  



PM Narendra Modi declared a three-week nationwide lockdown starting midnight Tuesday, explaining that it was the only way of breaking the Covid-19 infection cycle. 

This essentially extended the lockdown from most states and Union Territories to the entire country and provided a more definite timeline. 

“Social distancing is the only way to break the cycle of infection,” he said.

All other lockdown conditions, such as the availability of essential commodities, remain the same, the government clarified.

In his second address to the nation on the Covid-19 outbreak, Modi told people to stay inside their homes for 21 days, 


warning that if they didn’t do so the country would be set back 21 years and families would be destroyed. 

His last address was on the outbreak was on March 19.
“This is like a curfew, and far stricter than the ‘Janata Curfew’ (on March 22 .


Corporate India welcomed the lockdown. “These are tough decisions, but they need to be taken to ensure that we can fight Covid-19,” Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran told ET NOW. 

Hero MotoCorp chairman Pawan Munjal said, “The Prime Minister has made the right decision.

We are in complete solidarity with the PM and commit ourselves to provide all necessary support and services that the government may require.” 

The PM’s move extended a lockdown that had been imposed until March 31 by most states to April 14 and across the entire nation as India’s Covid-19 infection count rose to 536 on Tuesday from 471 the day before, 

while the death count rose to10 from nine. Health ministry figures showed 39 of these patients have been cured and discharged. 

Government officials described this as a positive development.




TOUGH TIMES

Modi conceded that these are tough times for the poor and said 21 days was a long time, but the coronavirus “spreads like fire”. 


He cited WHO data on the accelerating pace of the outbreak — it took 67 days to reach 100,000 infections, and another 11days to reach 200,000, but just four days to hit 300,000, he said.

LOCKDOWN STRICTLY IMPLEMENTED

Lockdown measures already in force across the country began to be strictly implemented on Tuesday, with about 350 cases registered in Uttar Pradesh so far, 232 in Punjab and 112 in Mumbai against violators. 

Delhi Police also cleared the 100-day-old Shaheen Bagh protest site in Delhi after strict instructionstoenforce the lockdown were issued.

Reasons behind central government's decision on a nationwide lockdown

1. The COVID-19 epidemic has affected many countries and the World Health Organisation has declared it ‘Pandemic’.

2. Government of India (GOI) has been taking several proactive preventive and mitigating measures starting with progressive tightening of international travel, 

issue of advisories for the members of the public, setting up quarantine facilities, contact tracing of persons i .

3. The situation has been continuously reviewed at the level of Hon’ble Prime Minister. 

The Hon’ble Prime Minister has addressed the Nation on the need for preventive measures and has also held meeting with all the Chief Ministers through video conference.

4. Experts, keeping in view the global experiences of countries which have been successful in containing the spread of COVID-19 unlike some others where thousands of people died, 

have recommended that effective measures for social distancing should be taken to contain the spread of this pandemic.




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