India to go into COMPLETE lockdown from midnight - PM Modi
India to go into COMPLETE lockdown from midnight - PM Modi
PM Modi declares 21-day lockdown in all of India from midnight
25 March, 2020, 08:39
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the nation that the lockdown was "very necessary to break the chain of coronavirus". More than 1.8 million people across the country are being monitored because they have shown symptoms of the illness, travelled from overseas or been exposed to confirmed cases. "So it's really important that India continues to take aggressive action".
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"The only way to save ourselves from coronavirus is if we don't leave our homes, whatever happens, we stay at home", Modi said in a second address in less than a week to try and rally around Indians behind the sweeping lockdown.
Pharmacies and grocery stores saw people queuing up even as a lockdown was already in place in several parts of the country, including the capital, New Delhi. "Who is going to provide cash to the poor that they need for the next 21 days?"
Heeding to a call by Modi, people came out on their balconies, windows and courtyards to applaud the selfless work of medical professionals on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19.
Modi's speech was criticised for not mentioning access to food and groceries or relief measures for poor Indians, whose means of income would be jeopardised by the lockdown.
India is the latest country to announce a complete lockdown, following on the heels of Boris Johnson's announcement Monday. Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has promised a comprehensive relief package will be announced soon.
Pointing out the better medical facilities in western countries, he said: "Remember that the health sector and health facilities in Italy and United States are the best in the world and they are considered the best". He requested "the business world and high-income segments of society to as much as possible, look after the economic interests of all the people who provide them services". On Tuesday, Modi also allocated about $2 billion for additional health care measures. But as Andrew Cuomo, governor of the USA state of NY, said today, it's literally life and death.
"When wider sections of people start getting affected, we will see a spike in hospitalization".
-Government and private offices will remain closed. It's the most powerful tool countries have to slow the rate of infection.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. The group said it planned to supply 1.2 million meals to these groups in the coming months. The new decision to lock the country down was made after it became clear that many people were only practising social distancing if they were sick, according to India Today.
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