New Delhi: Throughout the entire day on Sunday, Indians diligently adhered to PM Modi’s call for the ‘janata curfew’ by being confined to their homes to break the chain of COVID-19. However, as soon as the clock struck 5 pm, all hell broke loose as people started to overwhelmingly participate in the #ThaaliBajao campaign, defying all social-distancing protocols and completely nullifying the intention behind the voluntary lockdown. Also Read - Coronavirus: After Observing ‘Janata Curfew’, India Prepares For Lockdown, Cases Rise to 396 | Top Developments
Defeating the entire purpose of the exercise, many videos on social media show people stepping out of their homes to participate in rallies and large processions in the evening, while banging utensils and clapping hands. Well, some took it even more further by bursting crackers, not realising that coronavirus affects the lungs greatly. Also Read - Bollywood Stars Clap, Bang Utensils to Show Support Towards Janata Curfew | Watch
Totally disgregarding PM Modi’s appeal to stay at home, shocking videos of people assembling in groups in different parts of the country have emerged on social media. Also Read - India vs Coronavirus: Nation Observes 'Janata Curfew,' Applauds COVID-19 Warriors; States Announce Lockdowns | Top 10 Points
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On Sunday, roads, railway stations and airports across the country wore a deserted look and markets and establishments except those dealing in essential goods and services remained closed during the 14-hour self-imposed curfew that started at 7 AM.
Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the people for their support to the Janata Curfew and said it was the start of a long battle, however he didn’t say anything about those who totally forgot the motive behind the entire exercise and turned it into a celebration of sorts by spilling onto the streets in large numbers.
Meanwhile, to stem the spread of coronavirus, many states have announced that lockdowns will be implemented till the end of this month. The number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 has risen to nearly 400 and the death toll is now at seven.