India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, announced complete lockdown in the country, as part of the central government’s stringent efforts to tackle coronavirus pandemic.
“Today, I am going to announce a very important measure in our fight against Covid-19. The entire country will be under lockdown from today. The complete lockdown will come into effect from midnight tonight,” PM Modi said in his address to the nation.
“This lockdown will be in place for 21 days and more stringent than Janta Curfew,” he added.
The Prime Minister described the situation in different countries due to the virus that has infected more than 3.5 lakh people and killed over 16,000.
“This virus has been spreading very fast across the world. It spreads like wildfire. Looking at the experience of these countries, and what the experts say, the only successful way to tackle the spread of the virus is social distancing,” said the Prime Minister.
“Some people believe that social distancing is only for those who are infected with the disease. It’s not true, and this thought will be detrimental for you, for me and for everyone. Social distancing is for everyone, even for the Prime Minister,” PM Modi added further.
Indian cricket community including Gautam Gautam, Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag lauded PM Modi’s decision. And asked the citizens of the country to stay at home, wash hands regularly, eat healthy food items, and keep social distancing during the Covid-19 lockdown.
All those who asked what can I do for my country…
This is the time to show your loyalty! Listen to our PM @narendramodi ji and STAY INDOORS!
If we get through the next 21 days, WE WIN!! #IndiaFightsCorona
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 24, 2020
As our Honourable Prime Minister, Shri @NarendraModi ji just announced, the whole country is going into a lockdown starting midnight today for the next 21 days. My request will remain the same, PLEASE STAY AT HOME. 🙏🏼 #SocialDistancing is the only cure for Covid 19.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 24, 2020
No mincing words. Absolute need of the hour. Leadership at its very best. The country will come out stronger than ever before all-round @PMOIndia @narendramodi #Covid19India #LockdownNow #StayAtHomeSaveLives https://t.co/pBBAJzn9EO
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) March 24, 2020
These 21 days are very important in the history of our nation & each one of us can play our part by just staying at our homes and maintaining distance from people. Please adhere to it strictly and we shall overcome this soon #CoronavirusLockdown
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 24, 2020
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 24, 2020
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) March 24, 2020
Fully support the government’s decision to impose the #CoronavirusLockdown.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 24, 2020
Social distancing is extremely critical for each and everyone of us to follow for the next 21 days. Please stay at home & wash your hands regularly, and let’s break the chain. Please don’t panic about essentials, the central & state governments will ensure it#IndiaFightsCorona
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 24, 2020
Honourable Prime minister Shri @narendramodi ji addressing like a friend , like a Father , like a elder brother. Let’s take this advice very very very seriously doston. #IndiaFightsCorona #TogetherWeAreStronger #PleaseStayAtHome pic.twitter.com/npGK08Rp95
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) March 24, 2020
Complete lockdown in India for 21 days. The only way to save lives.
Please follow 🙏🇮🇳#StayAtHomeSaveLives
— RIDHIMA PATHAK (@PathakRidhima) March 24, 2020
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 24, 2020
These 21 days could be the most important days of our lives..as individuals and as a country.. so please be responsible citizens, sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters! Our only chance to stop this #Corona ! #staysafe #stayhome @narendramodi
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 24, 2020
This is going to be challenging, sure! But nothing is bigger than saving our own lives. Let’s stay inside & support each other guys, there is a whole life waiting on the other side of these 3 weeks (or even add a few more weeks if required) #IndiaFightsCorona
— Jaydev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) March 24, 2020
Excellent address by the Honourable PM. The #lockdownindia and the threat had to be conveyed with passion, looking into the eyes of the nation & not just read out monotonously from a sheet of paper. Let’s do it India! Let’s beat this thing! 👍#NarendraModi
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 24, 2020