New Delhi: Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued guidelines and listed out the  essential services that will remain open during the shutdown period. Also Read - Neil Nitin Mukesh And His Family Test Positive For COVID-19 Despite Staying Home

Read the guidelines here:  Also Read - Mumbai Police Uses X-Men Meme To Teach Netizens How To Wear Mask Properly

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the people not to panic. “My fellow citizens, there is absolutely no need to panic. Essential commodities, medicines etc. would be available. Centre and various state governments will work in close coordination to ensure this. Together, we will fight COVID-19 and create a healthier India”, Modi tweeted, soon after his address to the nation. Also Read - COVID-19 Restrictions in Maharashtra Could be Extended Beyond May 1, Says Rajesh Tope

In another tweet, Modi said, “By converging around shops, you are risking the spread of COVID-19. No panic buying please. Please stay indoors. I repeat — Centre and State Governments will ensure all essentials are available.”

His appeal came after people across the country started thronging the shops to buy essential items in view of the nationwide three-week lockdown starting Tuesday midnight.