As India continue their fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, addressed the nation on the outbreak. Mr Modi announced a ‘Janata (public) Curfew’ on Sunday (March 22). In an attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has affected over 180 in India, he requested all the citizens to abide by the ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 22 from 7 am till 9 pm.
In the 30-minutes television address, the Prime Minister started by highlighting the gravity of the situation – that coronavirus disease Covid-19 has affected more people than the two World Wars. He then talked about what to do during the Janata Curfew.
During the Janata Curfew, people are requested to avoid public spaces and stay home for 14 hours in the view of coronavirus outbreak which has affected over 100 countries across the world.
“On March 22, from 7 am to 9 pm, all countrymen have to follow the Janta Curfew,” PM Narendra Modi said. “All citizens must abide by this.”
Mr Modi’s address has been receiving praise from all over and India cricket ace Ravichandran Ashwin also joined the bandwagon. Soon after the PM finished his address, Ravichandran Ashwin took to Twitter to state that the country needed such a speech from Mr Modi.
“Believe it or not, a country like ours with a billion people needed to hear what our pm @narendramodi ji just said, not all of them are privileged enough to have access to information. #jantacurfew #CoronavirusOutbreakindia,” wrote Ravichandran Ashwin.
Believe it or not, a country like ours with a billion people needed to hear what our pm @narendramodi ji just said, not all of them are privileged enough to have access to information. #jantacurfew #CoronavirusOutbreakindia
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 19, 2020
Meanwhile, all the major cricket events have been called off too in the wake of the pandemic. Last week, India’s ODI series against South Africa was called off. England also cancelled their two-match Test series in Sri Lanka before Australia called off their ODI and T20I series against New Zealand.
Bangladesh decided the same with their last leg of Pakistan tour while the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended too till April 15. Earlier this week, the PSL was called-off too.