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Complete lockdown in India for 21 days from midnight: Key takeaways from PM’s address on COVID-19

PM Modi stressed over the fact that the country is facing an unprecedented situation and a complete shutdown is the only solution to stop the spread of the virus. Here are top points from the PM's address:

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 24, 2020 9:55:13 pm
Unorganised workers have been hit hard, need direct payments, India Inc tells PM Modi PM Modi addressed the nation on Monday on novel coronavirus.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday announced a complete lockdown in the country, starting 12 am on Tuesday, for the next 21 days in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The PM asserted that the country is facing an unprecedented situation and a complete lockdown is the only solution to stop the spread of the virus.

Here are top points from the PM’s address:

-From Tuesday midnight there will be a complete lockdown in the entire country for the next 21 days.

-All steps are being taken by the central and state governments to ensure the supply of essential commodities. All essential item stores including groceries, pharmacies, and ATMs will remain open during these 21 days.

-Health experts say it takes 21 days to break the infection cycle of the coronavirus. If we cannot handle these 21 days, many families will be destroyed.

-The Centre has made an allocation of Rs 15,000 crore to strengthen health infrastructure to tackle the coronavirus. All state governments are directed to make health services the first priority in this situation.

-All essential services to continue and remain functional. List of essential services remains unchanged since the March 22nd ‘Janta Curfew’.

-We will have to take some financial strain due to this lockdown. But the main priority of the central and state governments is to save the lives of the people.

-Coronavirus has made many powerful countries helpless. It is not that they do not have the resources and are not trying, but the virus is spreading very fast.

-Health experts are saying that the only way to combat this disease is social distancing. There is no other way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

-Some people have this delusion that this social distancing is only for affected patients. It is for everyone in your family, the country, including the prime minister.

-Every Indian deserves praise for making the ‘Janata Curfew’ a success. But this curfew is going to be much more strict than the ‘Janata Curfew’.

– It should be kept in mind that a person who is infected with coronavirus does not manifest any symptoms and seems perfectly healthy in the first few days. That’s why it’s important to take necessary precautions.

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