INDIA’S 1.3 BILLION
PEOPLE NOW ON
LOCKDOWN FOR 3 WEEKS
PM Narendra Modi Warns That Failing To Manage The Next 21 Days Could Set The Country Back 21 Years.
25 March, 2020
The world’s biggest lockdown is now underway after Indian Prime Miister Narendra Modi ordered all 1.3 billion to stay inside their homes for the next three weeks.
All 36 states and territories of India are subject to the lockdown order. Addressing the nation on television, Modi said:
“You have seen the worldwide situations arising from the coronavirus pandemic in the news. You have also seen how the most powerful nations have become helpless in the face of this pandemic. It’s not that these nations aren’t making efforts or face a lack of resources. But the coronavirus is spreading so rapidly that despite all these efforts, the challenge is increasing.
“The result of a two-month study of these countries and what the experts are saying is that social distancing is the only option to combat coronavirus. That is to remain apart from each other and stay confined to within your homes. There is no other way to remain safe from coronavirus. If we have to stop the spread, we have to break the cycle of infection.
“I request you to remain wherever you are in this country. In view of the current situation, the lockdown shall be enforced for 21 days, which means the next 21 days are crucial for us.”
Essential services that will remain open during the three-week period include:
grocery stores, and
All other shops, commercial businesses, factories, workshops, offices, markets, and places of worship will remain closed. Interstate bus and train services are suspended. Construction activity has also ground to a halt.
(Photo Credit: Office of Prime Minister of India)