New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged people to switch off lights at 9 PM on April 5, and light candles, diyas and mobile flashlights for nine minutes to show solidarity with each other, on what will be day 12 of the ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown which is in effect in a bid to contain the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - Coronavirus: ICMR to Collaborate With WHO For Solidarity Trial | Top Developments
This was PM Modi’s third address to the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic, after the ones on March 19 and March 24 respectively. Also Read - PM Modi Speaks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Discusses COVID-19 Situation
Praising the citizens for diligently observing the lockdown, the Prime Minister said that while inside their homes, people may think that they are alone, but the reality is that ‘the strength of 130 crore Indians is with each one of us.’ He also praised the people for observing the Janata Curfew on March 22, adding that it had become a model that is now being emulated by other countries. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, PM Modi to Share Video Message With All on Friday
“I request all of of you to switch off all the lights of your house on 5th April at 9 PM for 9 minutes, and just light a candle, diya, or mobile’s flashlight, to mark our fight against coronavirus,” PM Modi added.
Emphasising on the need to maintain social distancing, he urged people not to gather during this period on Sunday.
Notably, videos had emerged on social media of people gathering on the streets on March 22, after applauding doctors, healthcare workers, sanitation workers, police and others who are leading the country’s fight against COVID-19 from the front.
Thus far, India has recorded more than 2,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including over 50 deaths.