Coronavirus Outbreak: India turns off lights for 9 minutes to show solidarity in fight against pandemic

Updated: Apr 05, 2020, 22:17 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

People across the country took to their balconies and windows with candles, lamps, torches and flashlight and stood in unity.

Satra Park Borivali lit up for nine minutes. (Photo: Sujal Jain)
Satra Park Borivali lit up for nine minutes. (Photo: Sujal Jain)

Adhering to the appeal made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, citizens of India switched off their lights and lit candles, lamps and flashed their mobile torch lights to show solidarity to fight against the Coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking to the citizens via video conference, Modi had said, "On April 5, Sunday, at 9pm, I want 9 minutes from all of you. Turn off all the lights in your homes, stand at your doors and balconies and light candles, diyas or mobile flashlights for nine minutes."

On Sunday, PM Modi also lit candles and joined citizens in the fight against the pandemic. 

People across the country took to their balconies and windows with candles, lamps and stood united to fight the pandemic which has claimed more than 50,000 lives worldwide. However, a few people also came out on the streets and chanted 'Go Corona, Corona Go', despite the country-wide lockdown. In may parts of Delhi, people were seen bursting crackers. 

Coronavirus OutbreakPeople stand at their balconies and participate in the #9pm9minutes initiative. (Photo: Satej Shinde)

BJP leader Ashish Shelar lit candles along with his family members and said, "We salute the selfless heroes".

Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development, Smriti Irani, said it was the light of hope and resilience. 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, "A ray of hope and belief can brighten the darkest times." 

Defence minister Rajnath Singh also stood in solidarity. 

Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in India has surged past 3,500 with 505 new cases in the last 24 hours from across the country.

Coronavirus OutbreakLights at business tycoon Mukesh Ambani's home Antilla at Peddar Road were also switched of. (Photo: Bipin Kokate)

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country has gone up to 3,577 as on Sunday. So far, 83 people have died of the coronavirus. Among States, the tally in Maharashtra stood at 690.

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