Narendra Modi declared a three-week nationwide lockdown starting midnight Tuesday, explaining that it was the only way of breaking the Covid-19 infection cycle.
Announcing a nationwide lockdown PM Modi said, “From midnight, entire India will go under lockdown. This is like a curfew…this is more advanced than Janta Curfew…it is stricter than Janta Curfew.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the nation on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the steps taken to curtail it. Modi had addressed the nation on efforts to combat the virus on March 19, asking people to show their appreciation for medical and essential workers by clapping for them for five minutes at 5pm on Sunday from their balconies.
This is time for patience and discipline; I appeal to you with folded hands to remember people putting their lives at risk for our safety: PM
If we won’t follow the nationwide lockdown for 21 days, we will be pushed back by 21 years, One step outside can make way for coronavirus into your house PM said in his speech
This essentially extended the lockdown from most states and Union Territories to the entire country and provided a more definite timeline. “Social distancing is the only way to break the cycle of infection,” he said.
All other lockdown conditions, such as the availability of essential commodities, remain the same, the government clarified.