PM Narendra Modi (Photo Credit: PTI File)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed the nation through a video message where he urged the countrymen to switch off all the lights of their house on 5th April at 9 PM for 9 minutes, and just light a candle, 'diya', or mobile's flashlight, to mark the fight against coronavirus pandemic. However, this time, he requested people not to come out from their house and maintain social distancing. "We have to move towards the light from the darkness created by coronavirus. No force stronger than our spirit and enthusiasm," the prime minister said, adding that social distancing is essential on April 5.
In his 11-minute addressed, PM Modi thanked the peoeple for adhering to the lockdown rules and said that unity shown by the nation to fight the pandemic is exemplary. "The lockdown has completed nine days today. During this time, the way you have followed the guidelines is exemplary. The way you thanked the health workers on March 22 during Janata curfew has become an example worldwide. Many are following this across the globe," the prime minister said.
PM Modi also said, amid the nationwide lockdown to fight coronavirus, no one should feel alone, the massive collective power of 130 crore people was with everyone. "We are not alone during lockdown, the collective strength of 130 crore Indians is with every citizen," PM Modi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a video message with people on Friday amid a nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, Prime Minister Modi took to Twiiter and wrote, "At 9 AM tomorrow morning, I'll share a small video message with my fellow Indians," without divulging the subject of his message.
At 9 AM tomorrow morning, I’ll share a small video message with my fellow Indians.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 2, 2020
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On Thursday, PM Modi held a meeting with chief ministers on the Covid-19 outbreak via video-conferencing. The number of Covid-19 cases crossed 2000 mark in the country while the death toll rose to 53, according to the Union Health Ministry.
Last month, the prime minister had addressed the nation twice -- on March 19 and March 24. On March 19, Modi had called for resolve and restraint to fight coronavirus. He had also announced a 'Janta Curfew' on March 22, a Sunday.
On March 24, he had announced the 21-day nationwide lockdown to check the spread of the deadly virus.
This is the time of lockdown, we are definitely in our own homes, but none of us is alone. The collective strength of 130 crore countrymen lies with every person: PM Modi.
Today, when crores of people of the country are at home. Then anyone can feel what he will do alone. Some people may also be thinking that in such a big fight, How can they fight alone: PM Modi.
I request all of of you to switch off all the lights of your house on 5th April at 9 PM for 9 minutes, and just light a candle, 'diya', or mobile's flashlight, to mark our fight against coronavirus: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
On April 5 Sunday, at 9 pm, switch off all lights for nine minutes and light up lamps or torch or cellphone flashlights, says PM
You have proved that nation can unite and fight against coronavirus: PM to Nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanks nation for uniting against COVID-19.