Impact of Janta Curfew, Indian people showed discipline amid Coronavirus outbreak after PM Narendra Modi asked to show gratitude towards doctors!
On the 22nd March, Sunday, the cities across India were deserted. The city of some 1.3 billion people imposed a curfew on themselves. However, the curfew was aimed at the spreading of the new coronavirus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Indian People to contribute in Coronavirus Fight
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech on Thursday, called for a ‘Janta Curfew’. (Translated to Public Curfew in Hindi).
India has about 332 cases of COVID-19, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Until now, four people have died.
Moments before the curfew happened, Modi tweeted, “Let us all be part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against the COVID-19 menace.”
The steps that we take now will help in the coming times. He asked people to stay safe and stay indoors.
Impact of Janta Curfew, How Indian people showed discipline amid Coronavirus outbreak after Narendra Modi called for Janta Curfew?
Various television footage showed deserted streets in the national capital, Delhi. As well, other metropolitan cities such as Kolkata and Mumbai. Only businesses and government establishments that provide essential services are to stay open.
While some Indian states had already issued stay-in-place orders, Sunday marked the first nationwide effort towards social isolation practices the World Health Organization believes in being critical to flattening the infection curve worldwide.
All commercial planes from abroad will not be allowed to land in India for a week starting from Sunday.
As per reporting from New Delhi says, ” Beyond Sunday, there is a lot of speculation that this curfew could be extended – and states across the country including Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Punjab have already extended the lockdown”.
However, states like Goa, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have already shut down their borders. She notes that most of India happened to be ‘eerily quiet’ amid this imposed curfew.
An extension of the measure could, however, pose a problem to the country. This is because many people need to work daily to earn a living.
Street vendors have been quoted saying that if they do not go out, their families would simply die of hunger.
In the speech by Modi last week, he asked people to go out on their balconies at 5 pm with pots and pans and cheer for the healthcare workers.
The Indian government has made fervent appeals to the public to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene.
Authorities maintain that there is no community transmission to date but experts have feared that the indigenous spread of the disease in a country where tens of millions live in dense urban areas with irregular access to clean water is inevitable.