Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a televised speech on Thursday night, addressed the entire nation on the urgent matter of Coronavirus, which is slowly yet steadily making its way across the country.
From advising people to not âpanic buyâ to âstaying indoors as much as possible', PM Modi issued a string of advisories in an attempt to make the nation aware of the crisis at hand, while also ensuring there was no unnecessary panic and chaos.
Here are 10 highlights from the Prime Ministerâs address:
1. âThis time, the calamity is such that it has put all of mankind in crisis. World Wars I and II did not impact as many countries, as have been affected by Coronavirus today."
2. âComplacency in respect of a global pandemic like Coronavirus is not appropriate. Therefore, it is essential that each and every Indian remains alert and cautious.â
3. âAs we witness the wide-spread impact of the Coronavirus pandemic even in major, developed countries today, it is wrong to assume that India will not be impacted by it.â
4. âDuring such a pandemic, only one mantra can take us through ââHum swasth, toh jag swasthâ.â
5. âIt is wrong if you believe that you are okay and nothing can happen to you, and you can continue roaming around in markets and streets as usual and remain unaffected. By doing this, you will not only be unjust to yourself but also to your family.â
6. âI appeal to you all that for the next few weeks, step out of your homes only when absolutely necessary. As far as possible, try and do your work, whether related to business or job, from home.â
7. âOn 22nd March, all citizens must abide by the Peopleâs Curfew from 7 AM until 9 PM. During this curfew, we shall neither leave our homes nor get onto the streets or roam about our localities.â
8. âThe government has decided to set up a COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force under the leadership of the Finance Minister. This Task Force will take decisions in the near future, based on regular interactions and feedback from all stakeholders, and analysis of all situations and dimensions.â
9. âI would like to reassure all Indians that all steps necessary are being taken to ensure there is no shortage of essential items like milk, groceries and medicines. I thus urge all my fellow citizens to make purchases as normal, and not hoard essential items in Panic Buying.â
10. âIt is critical that in this environment of a global pandemic, humanity emerges victorious, India emerges victorious!â
PM Modiâs address was welcomed with a tidal wave of support from his party members. Several BJP leaders and Union leaders as well, took to Twitter to praise the Prime Ministerâs speech, asserting their agreement with all the steps and precautions mentioned by him.
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Grateful to PM @narendramodi Ji for constituting âCOVID-19 Economic Response Task Forceâ to address economic challenges that have arisen due to Corona Virus. Timely engagement & response will boost stakeholdersâ faith & confidence in overcoming economic impact.#IndiaFightsCoronaâ Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 19, 2020
PM Modi also received massive support from the opposition as well, who welcomed his address on the Coronavirus outbreak.
Congress Leader Shashi Tharoor
I welcome @PMOIndia @narendramodi âs call to solidarity at this challenging time. Will support #JanataCurfew while conscious that Sunday is the easiest day to try it. Need more reinforcement of social distancing (incl suspending Parliament) & specific economic relief measuresâ Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 19, 2020 Congress Leader P Chidambaram
I am duty bound to support the PM. In effect, the PM has asked the people to wage the war against COVID with moral armaments. We shall do so on Sunday and in the following days.â P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) March 19, 2020 Congress Leader Ajay Maken
While the PM has urged for social distancing, special attention should be paid to jhuggi clusters and help should be extended to those who are unable to afford or stock on rations: @ajaymaken pic.twitter.com/8LlY2vlpILâ Congress (@INCIndia) March 19, 2020
Both Bollywood and sports fraternities also joined the chorus of support for the Prime Ministerâs speech and took to Twitter, calling on the nation to pay heed to the PMâs words.
Akshay KumarMarch 19, 2020 Varun Dhawan
I will take part in the #jantacurfew on March 22 nd and at 5 in the evening will show my support to our selfless heroes fighting this virus. This is a time to be one and practise #SocialDistancing. Letâs follow our prime ministers appeal. #BeSafe https://t.co/V9jAqfT7a2â Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) March 19, 2020 Ajay Devgn
Fellow Indians, Namaskar A short while ago, Our PM Saab, Modiji, requested all of us to show resolve & restraint in the face of COVID-19. Please also adhere to the Janta Curfew on 22nd March by staying home. Stay Safe @PMOIndia @narendramodi #JantaCurfewâ Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) March 19, 2020 Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli
Be alert, attentive and aware to combat the threat posed by the Covid 19. We, as responsible citizens, need to adhere to the norms put in place for our safety as announced by our Honourable Prime Minister Shri @NarendraModi ji. #IndiaFightsCoronaâ Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 19, 2020
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