New Delhi: As coronavirus or COVID-19 tightened its grip across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the nation for second time in a week. To combat the spread of the virus, PM Modi announced that the country will be in a complete lockdown for 21 days, beginning tonight. So far, COVID-19 has claimed 10 lives in India and infected 519. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Telangana Govt Announces 75% Salary Cut For Employees
Here are the highlights from his speech: Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: Confirmed Cases Climb to 1251, Total Deaths Now at 32 | Top Developments
Lockdown till April 14: “Lockdown of 21 days is a long time, but this is important for you and your family’s safety. I believe that every Indian will not only successfully tackle this challenge but also emerge victorious in this time of crisis”, said PM Modi Also Read - Fact Check: No, Financial Year Has Not Been Extended by 3 Months
Rs 15,000 Crore Emergency Healthcare Fund: PM Modi also announced that the central government would allot Rs 15,000 crore for coronavirus testing facilities, PPEs, ICUs, Ventilators and training medical workers.
Social distancing only way to combat Spread: PM Modi once again reiterated that social distancing is the only way to deal with this deadly coronavirus. Modi asserted that social distancing applies to everyone, including ‘your Prime Minister’. “Social distancing is the only option to combat coronavirus. Many powerful countries in the world have become helpless, regardless of their efforts”, said PM.
“Some people are under the misconception that social distancing is only for those infected with coronavirus… but they should understand that this for everyone because it is important to break the cycle,” said PM Modi.
Families will be devastated: If we don’t follow a complete lockdown for the coming 21 days, the nation will go back 21 years and many families will be devastated, says PM Modi. “With folded hands, I request you to stay put wherever you are,” PM Modi urged, adding that he is mindful of the economic ramifications of it.
Follow advisories issued by state governments: Every citizen should take the advisories of state governments very seriously, PM Modi stated in his second address to the nation. \
Essential services to remain functional: All essential services to continue and remain functional. List of essential services remains unchanged since the March 22nd ‘Janta Curfew’. “We are taking all steps to ensure continuous supply of essential commodities”, assured the Prime Minister.