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

PM Modi's Second Address To Nation On Coronavirus At 8 pm

PM Modi's Second Address To Nation On Coronavirus At 8 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the nation Tuesday at 8 pm regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

This is the second time Modi will be addressing the country after he urged fellow citizens to impose Janata Curfew in his address on March 19.

"Will address the nation at 8 PM today, 24th March 2020, on vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19", PM Modi had tweeted. "Government of Maldives joins the initiative and pledge Dollars 200,000 to address issues emanating from COVID-19", Mr. Shahid said in a tweet. On the economic front, Prime Minister announced formation of COVID-19 Economic Response Task to comprehensively look at ways to boost economy.

The Prime Minister had stressed on social distancing as a necessary measure to contain the spread of the Novel Corona virus. On Wednesday, he will interact with people of Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency, on the pandemic.

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The measures also include strict limits on gatherings and even exercise - all enforced by police. The police are authorized to fine those flouting the rules, and break up gatherings.

PM Modi had yesterday expressed concern in a tweet that many were not taking the lockdown seriously.

Almost 500 coronavirus cases have been reported in India so far, according to Health Ministry data on Tuesday. On Monday, he had asked people lockdown seriously after news reports emerged showing people on roads, defying lockdown orders. As cases of the viral infection surged, authorities have put nearly the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31. Please honour government directives, protect yourselves and protect your families.

"A small token of appreciation to the doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, government officials, members of the armed forces and police, disaster management officials and every kind of person who cares for others", the PIB India tweet said.

Six states are under partial curfew and three have declared activity-based restrictions.

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