New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked the citizens for coming out and giving an overwhelming response to his call to applaud all those, including doctors and medical professionals, who are leading India’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - 'We Are Taking Some Rest', Tweets Delhi Metro As it Halts Services During Janata Curfew

In his address to the nation on Thursday, PM Modi had urged the people to observe March 22 as ‘Janata Curfew,’ from 7 AM-9 PM, in what is seen as a ‘mock drill’ to prepare the country for a potential longer lockdown in the future. He had also requested everyone to come out in their balconies at 5 PM and applaud, for five minutes, those fighting the COVID-19 crisis on the ground. Also Read - Exercising, Cooking & Playing 'Antakshari': Here's How Indians Observed 'Janata Curfew'

Today, the Prime Minister tweeted, “The entire nation came together to thank each and every person who is leading this battle against coronavirus. I’m grateful to all of you.” Also Read - Smriti Irani Initiates Twitter Antakshari During Janata Curfew, Calls Karan Johar's 'Lag Jaa Gale' Wrong Song

“This is a not just the sound of thanks, but also the sound of victory in what will be a long battle for us. With this determination and patience, come, let us put ourselves under restrictions (Social Distancing) for this long battle,” he added.

On Sunday, people started applauding the doctors and health workers well before the clock struck five. The nationwide applause continued went on for more than five minutes.

Earlier, in the lead-up to Sunday, videos had emerged on social media of people ‘practicing’ to clap for those fighting the battle against coronavirus.