Janta Curfew: When Indians stayed home for 14 hours because of which Coronavirus active numbers fell down.
With daily Coronavirus cases on the rise, PM Narendra Modi, addressed the nation, at 8 pm on March 19, 2020. Announced that a ‘Janta Curfew’ will be in there on March 22, from 7 am to 9 pm.
The curfew was 14 hours long, as India witnessed an increase in the daily cases of coronavirus disease. It’s the 1st anniversary of ‘Janta Curfew’ but it comes at a time when India is in the grip of the second wave of the pandemic.
What was ‘Janta Curfew’?
Countries around the world announcing measures to curb the spread of the pandemic, PM Modi urged people to observe ‘Janta Curfew’. This was seen as a way to prepare the citizens for a nationwide lockdown.
In his speech, PM Modi said, “Today, I seek some more cooperation from every citizen. It is Janta Curfew, a curfew for the people and imposed by the people themselves.”
What did PM Modi say regarding Janta Curfew?
In his address, the Prime Minister also urged people to come out in the balconies of their houses at 5 pm to clang utensils for five minutes so that we can express our gratitude for the frontline warriors. Urging people to stay off the roads, he said that emergency services would not come under the purview of the curfew.
What happened after a single day Janta Curfew?
On March 24, PM Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown. It was extended thrice, with the final phase beginning on May 18, concluding on May 31. From June 1 onwards, the country started reopening gradually, in what was termed as ‘Unlock.’
What’s India’s Covid-19 situation now?
Earlier this year, the number of daily cases fell below 10,000, while the number of active cases had also started coming down but, starting early March, the number of daily infections picked up and, on Sunday, the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) announced that 43,846 new cases and 197 related fatalities were recorded in the preceding 24 hours. India’s Covid-19 tally currently stands at 11,599,130 including 11,130,288 recovered cases, 309,087 active cases and 159,755 deaths.