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  • 8:43 PM IST

    PM Modi Addresses Nation on Coronavirus LIVE: ‘I also assure all the citizens that milk, food, drinks, medicines, will be available in the country. All steps are being taken to ensure that there is no shortage of such essential things for life.’

  • 8:41 PM IST

    PM Modi Addresses Nation on Coronavirus LIVE: ‘For past two months, millions are working day and night in hospitals and airports and those serving others by not taking care of themselves. On March 22 at 5PM, we should stand on our doorways, balconies, in our windows and keep clapping hands and ringing the bells for 5 minutes to salute and encourage them.’



  • 8:39 PM IST

    PM Modi Addresses Nation on Coronavirus LIVE: ‘People need to resolve that they will follow advice of central and state governments.’

  • 8:38 PM IST

    PM Modi Addresses Nation on Coronavirus LIVE: ‘Social distancing extremely important and effective in reducing impact of coronavirus.’



  • 8:36 PM IST

    PM Modi Addresses Nation on Coronavirus LIVE: ‘People should not hoard essential items like food and medicine.’

  • 8:31 PM IST

    PM Modi Addresses Nation on Coronavirus LIVE: ‘Keeping in mind economic challenges arising out of coronavirus, the government has decided to form COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force.’

  • 8:29 PM IST

    PM Modi Addresses Nation on Coronavirus LIVE: ‘I request people above the age of 60 to not venture out of their homes for the next few weeks.’

  • 8:28 PM IST

    PM Modi Addresses Nation on Coronavirus LIVE: ‘If possible, please call at least 10 people every day and tell them about the ‘Janta Curfew’ as well as the measures to prevent coronavirus.’

  • 8:26 PM IST

    PM Modi Addresses Nation on Coronavirus LIVE: ‘Postpone elective surgeries by a month, avoid routine check-ups to ease pressure on health services.’

  • 8:18 PM IST

    PM Modi Addresses Nation on Coronavirus LIVE: ‘On March 22, from 7 AM to 9 PM, all countrymen have to follow ‘Janta Curfew’ for coronavirus.’

New Delhi: As the number of coronavirus cases rises in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  on Thursday addressed the nation on the situation arising out of coronavirus outbreak. Also Read - ‘Restore 4G Internet Services in J-K For People to Work From Home,’ Farooq Abdullah Writes to PM Modi

On Wednesday, the PMO stated that PM Modi will speak about the coronavirus cases through his address to the nation. Also Read - Coronavirus Cases in India Rise to 160, PM Modi to Address Nation on Efforts to Combat it | Top 10 Points

“PM Shri @narendramodi will address the nation on 19th March 2020 at 8 PM, during which he will talk about issues relating to COVID-19 and the efforts to combat it,” the PMO had tweeted. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: PM Modi Chairs Review Meeting, to Address Nation at 8 PM on Thursday

The PMO also had stated that Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

“Ways to further strengthen India’s preparedness were discussed. This includes further enhancing testing facilities,” it said.

PM Modi has emphasised on actively engaging with individuals, local communities and organisations in chalking out mechanisms to fight the coronavirus in the country.

Apart from this, PM Modi also urged everyone and officials, technical experts to deliberate on the steps to be taken next.

Earlier, he had expressed gratitude to all those at the forefront of combating coronavirus including the various state governments, medical fraternity, paramedical staff, armed and paramilitary forces, those associated with aviation sector, municipal staff and others.

As precautionary measure, Indian on Thursday evening banned the international flights to the country for one week. As per the updates from the Union Health Ministry, the country has reported fourth death from Punjab.