Janta Curfew to beat Coronavirus: PM Modi urges Indians to be home

In India 151 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported

In India 151 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported

India's Prime Minister has appealed to its 1.3 billion population to follow a one-day curfew alongside a ban on global flight arrivals to combat the coronavirus.

Modi asked Indians to stand in their balconies and windows at 5 pm on 22 March to express their gratitude to those maintaining essential services by ringing bells, sounding sirens, clapping or clanging utensils.

Modi said most people, except those in essential services, would have to stay home for several weeks, without giving a timeframe.

"I request all people in the country to get out of the house only when it is extremely necessary, try and do all work from home", Modi said in his address to the nation.

India has 173 confirmed cases, including four deaths so far - for now the biggest challenge for Modi is to shield an economy that's set to expand at the slowest pace in more than a decade.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced Janata Curfew on Sunday in the wake of COVID 19 outbreak.

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He discouraged citizens from succumbing to panic or rushing to panic buy essential commodities.

The Prime Minister also said that if one thinks that by roaming on the streets is safe, then it is not good.

He also urged Indians to avoid visiting hospitals for routine check-ups.

Modi also urged businesses and citizens belonging to the higher income group to take care of the economic interests of the people from the lower strata of the society. He also urged officials and technical experts to deliberate on the steps to be taken next. It advised citizens above 65 years and children below 10 years to stay at home.

On Thursday, as IndiGo made a decision to give their employees a salary cut - ranging from 25 to five per cent - the government declared a week-long ban on incoming worldwide flights. "I request local administration to blow a siren to inform everyone about this", PM Modi said during his almost 30-minute address.

In a speech in Hindi, Modi also asked for "time" to combat the virus, noting its particular nature and stressing that older people should not venture out of homes.

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