New Delhi: A day after 14 states across India enforced lockdown to contain COVID-19 spread, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged citizens to take the restrictions seriously. He also asked the state governments to follow the preventive measures and guidelines issued by the centre to combat the epidemic. Also Read - 'Mann Ki Baat' Today: PM Modi's First Radio Address After India Entered Into Lockdown Mode to Fight COVID-19

“Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request the state governments to get the rules and laws followed”, tweeted the Prime Minister. Also Read - COVID-19: 194 New Cases Emerge in Single Day, Death Toll Reaches 23; Is India Ready For Stage 3?

Earlier in the day, reports had claimed that the lockdown declared by the Delhi government following the coronavirus scare has no meaning for people in Outer Delhi as they are violating the norms in areas such as Nangloi, Paschim Vihar, Vikaspuri, Mundka, Peeragadhi, Janakpuri and Tilaknagar without any fear.

In the lockdown situation only the shops that sell essential goods are allowed to open, but in Outer Delhi, salons, vehicle mechanics and paan shops have been opened since morning.