The prime minister had asked all Indians to stay home on Sunday between 7 am and 9 pm to fight the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. “All citizens should follow Janta curfew. No citizen should step out,” he said in an address to the nation.
All markets and establishments except those dealing in essential goods and services will be closed for the day. Several public services, including the Railways and metro services, are halted today during the public curfew. The Indian Railways canceled all long-distance, and intercity trains, including premium trains originating between 4 am and 10 pm.
As per the latest data from the Ministry of Health, there were 370 positive cases in India so far, of which 341 are currently active. Apart from this, 23 have been cured or discharged while 7 have died. Maharashtra and Kerala have the highest number of cases.
Across the country, several states have announced partial shutdowns and imposed restrictions on people’s movement and gatherings as part of precautionary measures to contain the pandemic.
The Delhi government has announced prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Constitution of India, in its efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The Delhi Metro has been shut to prevent contagion. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a complete shut down of the national capital till March 31 to stem the virus spread. India will also suspend trains, transport between states and Metro in its biggest cities during the same period.
Lockdown will be imposed from tomorrow in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh – Agra, Lucknow, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Varanasi, Lakhimpur Khiri, Bareilly, Azamgarh, Kanpur, Meerut, Prayagraj, Aligarh, Gorakhpur, and Saharanpur. The lockdown will be effective from March 23 till March 25 in 15 districts of the state: CM Yogi Adityanath on coronavirus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the people of India for showing their gratitude to those who are serving others at the risk of getting infected by coronavirus themselves. People across the country came out of their homes and on their balconies at 5 pm on Sunday to clap, clang utensils and ring bells to express solidarity