Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo Credit: PTI)
India reported its fourth coronavirus death on Thursday while the total COVID-19 cases rose to 173, as the government banned landing of all international commercial passenger flights from March 22 for a week, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to stay indoors and called for ‘janata curfew’ on Sunday. Giving the details of the fourth coronavirus fatality in the country, the Union health ministry said the person, who died in Punjab, was an elderly and had co-morbid conditions like diabetes, cardiac ailments.
There were more than 20 fresh cases in last 24 hours with Chhattisgarh and Chandigarh reporting their first COVID-19 patients on early Thursday.
In his address to the nation on coronavirus, Modi said it was not right to think that all is well and requested people to adhere to advisories issued by the Union as well as state governments to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has affected more countries than the World War I and II.
Here are the highlights:
I appeal to all not to go into panic buying to store essential commodities. Steps being taken to ensure that there is no scarcity of essential commodities: PM Modi
On Mar 22 at 5PM, we should thank people like doctors, medical personnel, cleaning staff, for their service: PM
Postpone elective surgeries by a month, avoid routine check-ups to ease pressure on health services: PM Modi
PM calls for 'Janta curfew' on Mar 22 from 7 AM-9 PM, says no citizen, barring those in essential services, should get out of house.
"If possible, please call at least 10 people every day and tell them about the 'Janta Curfew' as well as the measures to prevent coronavirus," says PM Modi.
Social distancing extremely important and effective in reducing impact of coronavirus: PM Narendra Modi
All senior citizens in our family should not get out of houses: PM Narendra Modi
Resolution and restraint is very important in combat against this global epidemic. As citizens, people need to strengthen their resolve to follow the advisories issues by state and central governments to fight: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Resolve and patience key in combating coronavirus: PM Narendra Modi
For a developing country like ours with a large population the growing challenge of Coronavirus is not a normal situation: PM Modi
To deal with coronavirus, no definite solution has been found, nor has any vaccine produced: PM
Govt of India is keeping a close watch on the track record of the spread of corovnavirus: PM Modi
The countries in which the effect of Coronavirus is being felt more than others, one thing has been noticed, is that after a few days, there was a sharp increase in number of infected persons. Indian government is keeping an eye on this: PM Modi
A view has emerged in last few days that all is well, this mindset is not correct: PM on coronavirus outbreak
Today, I have come to ask all 130 crore of you for something. I need a few weeks of your time: PM
It is critical that every Indian remain vigilant and responsible: PM
This crisis has engulfed the entire human race. For the past two months, we have been watching with concern the news about coronavirus spreading across the world: PM Modi.
Even World War I and II did not affect as many countries as coronavirus has done: PM Narendra Modi in address to nation
The government had on Tuesday banned the entry of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia to India with immediate effect, according to an additional travel advisory.
Earlier this week, PM participated in a video conference of SAARC leaders to prepare a joint strategy to tackle the pandemic.
PM Modi has also expressed gratitude to all those at the forefront of combating coronavirus including the various state governments, medical fraternity, paramedical staff, armed and paramilitary forces, those associated with aviation sector, municipal staff and others.
PM Modi has supported the idea of avoiding non-essential travel and limiting gatherings to check the spread of the virus.
The prime minister has been regularly taking to social media, urging people to prepare themselves but not panic.