New Delhi: Moments after announcing a 21-day lockdown across the nation to tackle the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to assure the citizens over essential services, urging them ‘not to panic,’ stating that the same would be available. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Announces 21 Days of Complete Lockdown, Netizens Trend #CoronavirusLockdown
The development came after there were reports of panic buying from across the country after the PM’s address to the nation, which was his second on the issue in less than a week. Also Read - Central Govt Allocates Rs 15,000 Crore For Coronavirus Testing Facilities, Says PM Modi
PM Modi tweeted: “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.” Also Read - 'Nationwide Lockdown, Decisive Fight to Combat COVID-19': Highlights of PM Modi's Speech
“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,” he added.
Notably, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued a guideline for essential services to help the people during the duration of the lockdown.
Today’s announcement means that a nation of 1.3 billion people would stay indoors till April 14, which makes it the largest-ever lockdown of all time.