Addressing the nation in a live telecast, PM Narendra Modi has announced a nationwide curfew on March 22. This "Janata Curfew" is supposed to be in view from 7 AM to 9 PM.
170+ people have been detected positive in India with 4 deaths already. Every important sector of the nation is up for closing for this pandemic. As of now, there has been a wide range of people flocking in for testing but due to a shortage of kits and more importantly, due to the chance of catching the virus through contact, it is advised that people remain in their homes, quarantined.
NaMo has stressed the fact that this pandemic has indeed created havoc and badly affected the economy of the nation and hence the Finance Minister is on her way to constitute the COVID-19- Economic Response Task Force.
In the pursuing milieu, India has decided not to let any international commercial flights land in the country from 22nd of March. It may lead to an increase in the number of affected citizens.
In the education sector, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all the universities to postpone all the examinations until the 31st of March. Even in the school-level examinations, like CBSE, ISC, ICSE board exams have been put off. The Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has also extended the time period of 45 days for the filing of the Q4 result.
The Minister of External Affairs has informed on Wednesday, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that about 276 Indian Citizens have been affected by COVID-19 out of which 255 are in Iran, 12 are in UAE, 5 in Italy and Hong Kong, Kuwait, Rwanda, Sri Lanka contain one Indian citizen each.
The Indian Army has also put off major activities like war games and conferences in the wake of this pandemic. There has been news that 34-year old army personnel has of Ladakh Scout have tested positive after coming in contact with his father who just returned from Iran.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has been looking after the preparedness of the hospitals, their emergency systems, and isolation wards, medicines and protective equipment.
Even the Indian Railway system has reported a record amount of ticket cancellation. 60% of tickets have been canceled due to the on-going situation.
By today, 18 new cases have come up and hence the toll had reached 173. Although NaMo has said that there is no requirement of hoarding essential home items in a frantic way, you can always take your precautionary measures as set out to buy them will still expose you to the external environment.
The nation has been eagerly listening to the conference of PM Modi. And in a very inclusive way, the people have pledged to stay indoors on the 22nd of March and follow the curfew. Now it is all our turn to reciprocate and be informed and responsible citizens and fight this international pandemic. May good health be to you.