New Delhi: “Mahabharata war was won in 18 days, this war which the whole country is fighting against Coronavirus will take 21 days,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday as he interacted with people of his Los Sabha constituency Varanasi via video conference. Notably, this was the Prime Minister’s first public engagement after the announcement of a countrywide lockdown to arrest the spread of Coronavirus. Also Read - Prince Charles Tests Positive For Coronavirus, 'Displaying Mild Symptoms,' Says Buckingham Palace

“Our aim is to win this war in 21 days,” PM Modi asserted as  he discussed the coronavirus outbreak and the ensuing 21-day-long lockdown with the people. Also Read - PM Modi Interacts With People of Varanasi: Don’t Attempt to Treat Coronavirus Infection on Your Own

Modi also appealed to people to not buy into rumours. He emphasised that the Virus can happen to anyone and doesn’t discriminate between poor and rich. Also Read - 'Stay Home, I Will Work For You Everyday': Here's What A Day in The Life Of A Doctor Is Like Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

“At times, ppl don’t pay attention to things which are important. The same is happening in India. I request ppl to understand facts&not believe in rumours. COVID19 doesn’t discriminate b/w rich & poor; it’ll not spare anyone just because they perform yoga or exercise daily,” PM Modi said.

“In this hour of crisis, Kashi can guide everyone, set an example for everyone,” he said, adding that Varanasi can teach restraint, coordination, sensitivity to the country.

“As your MP, I should have been among you at such a time. But you are also familiar with the activities happening here in Delhi,” Modi said, but assured that he is constantly getting updates from his colleagues about Varanasi.

Hoping to address concerns from his constituents, he took a few questions as well.

As Prof. Krishna Kant Vajpayee asked about spreading social awareness for combating corona pandemic, PM Modi once again stressed on the need of social distancing.

However, on a positive note he said: “You should also keep in mind that more than 1 lakh people in the world, infected with corona, have been cured and dozens of people have come out of Corona in India too. It was only yesterday, I was seeing in news that in Italy, mothers over 90 years of age have also become healthy.”

To a question from social activist Mohini Jhanwar on issues facing health care workers and other frontline services staff and officials, Modi cited how the nation came out to applaud the courage of doctors on the day of ‘Janata curfew’ on Sunday.

However, he also cautioned about ill-treatment of doctors due to fear.

“I appeal to all citizens if any such activity is visible anywhere… If you see any ill treatment with the doctor, nurse or medical staff, then you go there and explain to the people.”

(With agency inputs)