New Delhi: As the number of coronavirus cases in the country, as per latest updates by the Indian Council of Medical Research, went up to 536, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night announced a 21-day lockdown across the country to contain the spread of the pandemic. Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown in India: Bollywood Celebs Support PM Modi, Urge All to Stay Home, Stay Safe
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Addressing the nation for the second time in a week, PM Modi made a fervent appeal to the general public not to cross the ‘lakshman rekha’ of their homes for the next three weeks. Also Read - Central Govt Allocates Rs 15,000 Crore For Coronavirus Testing Facilities, Says PM Modi
Here are top developments from today on the pandemic that has brought the nation on its toes in the past few months.
1) PM Modi in his address to the nation said that if the situation is not handled in these 21 days, the country and your family could go back by 21 years. “If situation is not handled in these 21 days, several families will get devastated forever,” he said.
2) “To save India, to save every Indian, there will be a complete ban on people from stepping outside their houses from 12 midnight today,” he said, adding, “Lockdown is being imposed on every state, union territory, district, village, mohalla and street.”
3) Showing a banner that reads ‘Corona – Koi Road pe Na Nikle (no one should go out on the road), he said it is time to consistently keep strengthening the resolve and exercise caution at every step and observing patience and discipline.
4) In the wake of the 21-day nationwide lockdown, the Centre and state governments have taken measures to ensure that the supply of all essential items continue smoothly.
5) Later in the evening, the Union Home Ministry issued strict guidelines for the enforcement of 21-day complete nationwide lockdown, saying all government offices, the offices of state and union territory governments, autonomous institutions, public corporations, commercial, private, industrial establishments shall remain closed. The MHA, however, said that the fair price shops and those dealing with food, groceries, fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, fish, animal fodder will remain open.
6) After the announcement of 21-day lockdown, the MHA stated that the exercise to update the National Population Register (NPR) and the first phase of the Census 2021 has been deferred indefinitely. Both the exercises were supposed to be carried out from April 1 to September 30.
7) On the other hand, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray appealed to people not to panic as the state continued to top in the number of coronavirus cases and remained under lockdown. Aaditya said essential services will remain unaffected.
8) Issuing a statement, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that the total number of coronavirus positive cases in the country has gone up to 536.
9) In view of the 21-day nationwide complete lockdown, Supreme Court, in a late-night update, said it will not take up the matter listed before it for Wednesday through video conferencing. The matters are adjourned, it said.
10) Releasing a statement, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath assured the 23 crores people of his state that the state has enough stock of essential items like vegetables, milk and medicines. “For the safety of you and your family, don’t step out of your houses and maintain social distance,” he said, adding, “Essential commodities will be delivered to your door-steps for which we have identified more than 10,000 vehicles.”
11) On humanitarian ground, all YSRCP MPs have announced to donate their one-month salary to PM Relief Fund. They will also contribute another one month’s salary to CM Relief fund in Andhra Pradesh. On the other hand, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh has announced to donate Rs 1 Crore to CM relief Fund from MPLADS (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme).
12) After the 21-day lockdown announcement, the Sabarimala Temple festival, which was scheduled to be begin on March 29, has been cancelled, the temple board said. The temple board has also decided to cancel all festivals in other temples of Kerala that comes under the board.