New Delhi: The clock struck five on Sunday evening and men, women and children across India came out on their roofs, balconies and windows clapping hands, beating ‘thaalis‘ (metal plates), blowing conch shells and bursting firecrackers to express their gratitude to essential service providers for serving humanity in the face of the deadly coronavirus threat. Also Read - Will There be a Shortage of Hydroxychloroquine? Who Produce This Medicine? All You Need to Know
A spontaneous ‘Janata curfew’ was observed nationwide earlier today in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal as people remaining indoors for most of the day, saw a sudden burst of activity in the evening as families emerged in a collective gesture of thanksgiving to medical professionals, health and sanitation workers for doing their job even in a pandemic situation. Also Read - Viral Video: Chinese Toddlers Running to Hug as COVID-19 Quarantine Ends Sets Best Friends Across The Globe Relating
PM Modi’s ‘Janata Curfew’ lasts till 9 PM tonight, however, that is not enough but just the minimum each person needs to do with regards to socially distancing themselves to fight the coronavirus impact.
Notably, at least 75 districts that saw confirmed cases of COVID-19 have imposed strict restrctions including Section 144 and several states are under complete lockdown till March 31. The governent has also suspended all local trains and inter-state transport till March 31 to contain a further spread.
Only essential services will be operational in these districts, the government stated.
The total number of positive cases in India has risen to nearly 350, with seven deaths so far. Three people died today – one each from Gujarat, Bihar and Maharashtra. A 38-year-old Bihar man who returned from Qatar with the virus died, becoming the youngest coronavirus death.