New Delhi: A day before the nation observes ‘Janata Curfew,‘ Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday once again urged citizens to ‘take precaution and not panic,’ also suggesting that people continue to stay at home or city/town where they currently are. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Cites Example of Natwest Trophy Final Partnership of Yuvraj Singh-Mohammad Kaif to Fight Coronavirus
As announced by PM Modi in his address to the nation Thursday evening, March 22 would be observed as ‘Janata Curfew,’ from 7 AM-9 PM, in an exercise seen as a ‘mock drill’ to prepare the country for a nationwide lockdown, which might be required in the future, should such a situation come up. Also Read - Sachin Tendulkar Backs PM Narendra Modi's Janta Curfew Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
“Never forget-precautions, not panic. It’s not only important to be home but also remain in the town/city where you are. Unnecessary travels will not help you or others. In these times, every small effort on your part will leave a big impact,” the Prime Minister tweeted today. Also Read - 'Why March 22, Close International Flights to India Immediately,' Mamata Banerjee in Video Conference With PM Modi
In a further tweet, he said that this was a time everyone should listen to their doctors and authorities, requesting those directed to stay in home quarantine to follow the instructions given to them.
“This will protect you as well as your friends and family,” the tweet further stated.
Notably, the Prime Minister, who has taken a leading role in the country’s efforts to tackle the spread of coronavirus epidemic, had on Friday chaired a meet through video conference with all Chief Ministers to review the progress of India’s efforts to contain the pandemic.