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Janta Curfew HIGHLIGHTS: 14-hour lockdown in force; PM Modi urges citizens to remain indoors; another death in Mumbai; coronavirus cases rise to 370 across the country.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 23, 2020 12:35:23 pm
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India Coronavirus Janta Curfew HIGHLIGHTS: As the number of coronavirus cases rose to 370 on Sunday, the Prime Minister’s Office advised State Governments to issue appropriate orders to allow only essential services to operate in the 75 districts which have reported confirmed cases or casualties relating to COVID-19. The State Governments may expand the list depending on their assessment of the situation. The government also announced that passenger train services will remain suspended till March 31 to prevent the spread of the virus. Not just trains, but metro services, inter-state passenger transport has also been shut till March 31 now. On Sunday evening, people across India clapped, rang bells, and blew conch shells in response to PM Modi’s call for thanking those at the forefront of the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the 14-hour Janata Curfew began at 7 am with PM Narendra Modi making a fresh appeal to citizens to remain indoors to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. A day ahead of the lockdown, several busy junctions across the country such as Delhi’s Connaught Place and Sarojini Nagar, Mumbai’s Marine Drive and Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus station and Kolkata’s New Market area wore a deserted look on Saturday.

From suspending metro services to deploying additional cops, the states have also ramped up measures to encourage people to stay indoors between 7 am to 9 pm Sunday. The Indian Railways has already announced to shut down its services, however clarifying that the trains that have already commenced their journeys would reach its destination on Sunday.

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Janata Curfew LIVE Updates: India begins 14-hour voluntary lockdown to contain coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak; Follow latest updates here.

21:44 (IST)22 Mar 2020
Actor Shah Rukh Khan shares 'filmy' appeal amid Janata Curfew

In an appeal to the public amid rising coronavirus concerns, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Sunday shared a video to spread some cheer and awareness. Shah Rukh posted an over 5 minute-long video in which he used his old movies and songs to drive the message of taking necessary precautions and most importantly, hope, during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

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21:19 (IST)22 Mar 2020
WATCH: Some people had a very different take on #ThaaliBajao

Visuals from Mumbai captured by Express photojournalist Nirmal Harindran

21:04 (IST)22 Mar 2020
Janata curfew: People stay indoors, shops closed in MP

People in Madhya Pradesh remained indoors and roads wore a deserted look Sunday in view of the 'Janata curfew' call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight off coronavirus. Most of the cities woke up to empty streets as even morning walkers and joggers did not venture out of their homes. Gardens, stadiums and other public grounds, which usually witness crowds on weekends, were empty this Sunday. Roadside shops and eateries also remained closed across the state. The public transport system did not function either. However, milk booths, medical shops, hospitals and ambulance facility were operating.

20:38 (IST)22 Mar 2020
Karnataka: Bengaluru, 8 districts to be under week-long lockdown from tomorrow

As Karnataka recorded six more positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the state has decided to put nine districts including capital city Bengaluru under a week-long lockdown beginning Monday. According to a state government order released on Sunday, the lockdown will be in force from March 23 to March 31. Read more here

20:17 (IST)22 Mar 2020
Night curfew imposed in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills

Night curfew was imposed in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya on Sunday to tackle any emergent situation and ensure safety of people, amid concerns over coronavirus threat. The night curfew has also been imposed to prevent incoming vehicles from Assam from entering the district via Malidor area, according to a senior government official. "Keeping in view the emerging scenario, safety of the people, and to avoid any outbreak of an epidemic, night curfew has been imposed with effect from 7 pm on March 22 till 7 am on March 23," district magistrate F M Dopt said. (PTI)

19:53 (IST)22 Mar 2020
WATCH: Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik claps to express gratitude to those providing essential services

Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik claps to express gratitude to those providing essential services.

19:50 (IST)22 Mar 2020
Bihar lockdown: No commercial vehicles to ply, all private institutions to remain closed till 31 March

No commercial vehicles will ply and all private institutions will remain closed in Bihar till March 31.

19:48 (IST)22 Mar 2020
WATCH: On Mumbai’s Marine Drive during #ThaaliBajao

Visuals from Mumbai's Marine Drive at 5 pm during Janata Curfew.

19:19 (IST)22 Mar 2020
'Janata Curfew': Roads empty, shops shut in Odisha

Streets across Odisha wore a deserted look and markets and business establishments remained closed on Sunday as people largely remained indoors in view of the 'janata curfew' call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, amid a spurt in Covid-19 cases in the country Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has expressed his gratitude to the people for observing the 'janata curfew' in a "disciplined and decent way", Odisha governments chief spokesperson on COVID-19, Subroto Bagchi, said. Railway stations and bus stands in Bhubaneswar and elsewhere presented a deserted look and those who arrived at the airport and railway stations had to struggle to reach their destinations.

18:50 (IST)22 Mar 2020
Delhi to be locked down from 6 am Monday: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi will be locked down in view of the growing coronavirus threat, from 6 am on March 23, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced at a joint press conference with Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Sunday. The lockdown will continue till 12 midnight on March 31, Kejriwal said. During the lockdown, no public transport will operate and Delhi's borders will be sealed but the essential services related to health, food, water and power supply will continue, he said. Dairies, grocery shops, chemists and petrol pumps will remain open but persons associated with essential services will be allowed to go to their destinations during the lockdown, he said.

18:45 (IST)22 Mar 2020
Janta Curfew beginning of long battle: PM Modi

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Janata Curfew will end at 9 pm but it doesn't mean we should start celebrating. "It's the beginning of a long battle. People shouldn't come out of houses in states which have announced a lockdown. In rest of the states if it is not very important don't come out of the houses." He also said that Janata Curfew is beginning of a long battle and today countrymen have told that if they decide they can take on any challenge.

18:41 (IST)22 Mar 2020
Goa extends Janata Curfew by three more days

Goa has extended the curfew by three more days. "It has been extended by three days by the Chief Minister. A decision to extend it further will be taken by the CM at the end of the three day period," Health minister Vishwajit Rane said.

18:35 (IST)22 Mar 2020
Lockdown in 15 UP districts till Wednesday

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced that 15 districts in Uttar Pradesh would be under lockdown in the first phase till Wednesday. The announcement came soon after the Centre and state governments decided to put under lockdown 75 districts across the country where cases of novel coronavirus pandemic have been reported. The districts where the lockdown has been enforced in the first phase are Lucknow, Agra, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Aligarh, Moradabad, Lakhimpur Kheiri, Bareilly, Azamgarh, Meerut, Gorakhpur and Saharanpur.

18:33 (IST)22 Mar 2020
Janata curfew to be extended beyond 9 pm in Jharkhand

The Jharkhand government decided to extend 'janata curfew' beyond 9 pm on Sunday to thwart the possibility of some people organising programmes after the completion of the deadline. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed for a 'janata curfew' on Sunday between 7 am and 9 pm as part of social distancing to check the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Appealing to the people to ignore rumours relating to the virus, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren urged the people to stay at home after 9 pm, as they did during the day on Sunday.

17:55 (IST)22 Mar 2020
Thane: Eight held for playing cricket during Janata curfew

Eight men were arrested at Thane's  Kalyan in the district on Sunday as they were found playing cricket during the 'Janata curfew' being observed to check the spread of coronavirus, PTI reported. They were playing cricket at Kala Talao Maidan in the afternoon, police said. Police also detained a boy in this connection, an official told PTI.

17:38 (IST)22 Mar 2020
From clapping to beating thalis, how people responded to PM Modi’s call on ‘janata curfew’

On Sunday evening, people across India clapped, rang bells, and blew conch shells in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for thanking those at the forefront of the fight against the novel coronavirus. While announcing the janata curfew on Thursday, PM Modi had called for everyone to clap and ring bells at 5 pm on Sunday as a show of appreciation for the doctors and servicemen who are fighting the pandemic. Read more here

17:17 (IST)22 Mar 2020
This is how residents Koramangala, Bengalauru reacted at 5 pm on Janata Curfew

This is how residents Koramangala, Bengalauru reacted at 5 pm on Janata Curfew.

janata curfew, covid 19, coronavirus pandemic, coronavirus covid 19, covid 19 measures, pm modi janata curfew, sunday lockdown, indian express Janata Curfew LIVE Updates: A day ahead of the Janata Curfew, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, March 22, Delhi's Connaught Place witnesses hardly any vehicular movements. Most shops and restaurants are shut in the national capital. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Janata Curfew LIVE News Updates: In his address to the nation Thursday on the coronavirus threat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned against complacency on the pandemic while asking people to observe a self-imposed curfew on Sunday by not stepping out of homes between 7 am and 9 pm. He also reassured people against shortages, saying there was no need for hoarding.

Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation, the Congress extended support but criticised him for not suspending the ongoing session of Parliament and demanded more steps. Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien said the PM should have first addressed Parliament.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh appealed to the people to make Janata curfew a huge success by being at home on Sunday. Singh said collective action is the need of the hour to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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