Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

India’s Prime Minister Decrees 21-Day Lockdown to Curb Coronavirus

India’s Prime Minister Decrees 21-Day Lockdown to Curb Coronavirus

"From midnight today, there will be a complete lockdown. This applies to every citizen of the country including the Prime Minister", he said. He added that the lockdown is in a way curfew and would be more stringent than Janata curfew.

As a result of a two-month study of these countries as well as insight from experts, Modi declared, "social distancing is the only option to combat (coronavirus), that is to remain apart from each other and stay confined to your homes". About 144million people traveled on domestic flights a year ago.

Most transportation services except those for essential goods and medical personnel will be suspended.

"We are making efforts that there is no difficulty in daily life. We are taking all steps to ensure essential services continue", the Prime Minister announced.

Arun Singhal, special secretary, union health ministry, said, "Numbers (of infections) don't point to stage 3 yet". "I am not saying this as your prime minister, I am saying it as your fellow citizen, family member". "This could cause huge harm to India".

India joins almost a dozen countries facing extended national lockdowns. "Our actions today will decide how well we can succeed against this threat - jaan hai toh jahaan hai".

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Group of 20 countries will hold a virtual meeting this week about the coronavirus, with Guterres expected to attend. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, Switzerland on 17 December 2019.

This time, people started assuming that Narendra Modi is going to declare financial emergency which did not happened.

Experts welcomed the move but cautioned about challenges in enforcing it in a country as large and diverse as India. "Take the state government's decisions seriously".

A health official in the western state of Maharashtra said new cases were starting to appear in small towns after a first wave emerged in big cities like Mumbai.

Bangladesh has deployed the military to ensure social distancing and strengthen preventive measures, the military's information office said. "The Order shall remain in force, in all parts of the country, for a period of 21 days with effect from 25.03.2020", the MHA said in a press release. "Most of the financially weaker sections earn every day so the government must provide some assistance to them", Narayan added.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party's coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic. In his second address to the nation in less than a week on the pandemic raging across much of the world, Modi informed that the availability of testing facilities related to COVID-19, personal protective equipment, isolation beds, ICU beds, ventilators and other necessary tools are being increased rapidly.

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