New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people across the country to be a part of ‘Janata Curfew’ which began at 7 AM today and will continue till 9 in the evening, where people have been urged to voluntarily stay indoors to check the spread of coronavirus while public transport has been suspended or curtailed and all markets and shops except those dealing in essential items have been closed for the day. Also Read - Janata Curfew Today LIVE: States Announce Lockdown, Coronavirus Cases Rise to 396 in India, Says ICMR
PM Modi appealed people across the country to participate in it as a way of strengthening the fight against COVID-19 menace. Also Read - Janata Curfew Today: All States to Embrace Partial Shutdown. Is There a Scientific Reason Behind it?
“In a few minutes from now, the #JantaCurfew commences. Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against COVID-19 menace. The steps we take now will help in the times to come. Stay indoors and stay healthy. #IndiaFightsCorona,” PM Modi said in a tweet. Also Read - World Health Organisation Hails Modi's 'Janata Curfew' Initiative
Here is a little guide on how to abide by the ‘Janata Curfew’:
1) People across the country have been asked to avoid the roads and public spaces today from 7 AM till 9 PM.
2) All those who are working in essential services such as police, medical services, media, home delivery, fire fighting and serving the nation are exempted from participating in the Curfew.
3) At 5 PM, all the citizens, as requested by PM Modi, will stand in their doorways at 5 PM. They will clap, and ring their bells as a way of saying thanks to those on the front lines of the COVID-19.
State governments too have issued orders accordingly and have urged people to not step out of their homes on Sunday. Notably, on Saturday, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection neared 300.