New Delhi: “Restrain is compulsory to protect ourselves,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening as he called for a nationwide ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday, March 22. Also Read - Mouni Roy Misses Her Sunday Outings Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Shares Sultry Pictures in White Crop Top, Jeggings

Addressing the nation in a 30-minute broadcast, PM Modi urged Indian citizens to voluntarily stay indoors, implement ‘social distancing’ in their everyday lives and work from home as much as possible while underscoring the dangers of coronavirus. Also Read - People in Delhi Rush to Buy Diyas Ahead of 9 PM 9 Minutes Event

“This Sunday, that is on 22 March, all citizens must follow this curfew from 7 AM until 9 PM. During this curfew, we shall neither leave our homes, nor get onto the streets and refrain from roaming about in our societies or areas. Only those associated with emergency and essential services may leave their homes,” he said and asserted that this would serve as a litmus test for India to battle against the coronavirus outbreak. Also Read - COVID-19 Outbreak: Harbhajan Singh, Wife Geeta Basra to Feed 5000 families in Jalandhar

Lauding the hard work of medical professionals, sanitation staff, airline crews, delivery persons and media personnel among others, PM Modi has also asked people to express gratitude to them by giving them a five-minute standing ovation at 5 pm on Sunday by clapping hands, beating plates or ringing out bells.

The Prime Minister asked people to convey the message to at least 10 people and not panic buy and hoard commodities, but work together to fight this war against human race.

Notably, more than 170 positive cases of the novel coronavirus has been reported in India, including four deaths. Dismissing rumours of community transmission in the country, the central government banned all international flights for a week from March 22.