PM Modi's appeal to citizens: Switch off lights on April 5 at 9 pm for 9 minutes

Updated: Apr 03, 2020, 11:48 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

The Prime Minister had announced a 21-day lockdown in the country to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, which has so far infected over 2,500 people in the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a video message to the nation on Friday, started his address by thanking the people for coming together on 22 March to appreciate the workers involved in essential services. The PM acknowledged the unity shown by the citizens of the country who came out to their balconies and clapped for workers in the forefront of the battle against Covid-19. He then requested all citizens of the country to switch off the lights in their homes for 9 minutes on April 5 at 9 pm and light candles and diyas to display solidarity in the fight againt coronavirus.

"Switch off every light in the house, reach to your main gate or balcony and light a candle, diya, torch or your mobile's flash for 9 minutes," prime minister Modi said.

The PM, however, warned the citizens, "We should not cross the 'Laxman Rekha' of Social Distancing. It is the only way to break the corona chain."

He thanked the nation for the unprecedented discipline and sense of service shown by people during the coronavirus lockdown. "We are not alone in the fight against the novel coronavirus," said Modi.

He added, "Today when crores of people are inside homes, then some of us may think how will they fight this battle against #COVID19 alone. Such questions might come up in your mind? But please remember, none of us is alone. The strength of 130 crore Indians is with each one of us."

Modi also said that the Janata Curfew on March 22, was a big success and had set an example for the world to follow. He claimed that various other countries were following the idea to thank health workers, other people involved in essential services during these hard times.

On Thursday, he had interacted with the Chief Ministers through video conferencing to discuss measures to combat COVID-19. He also thanked the states for supporting the decision of lockdown due to which India has achieved some success in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

In his address to the nation on March 24, the Prime Minister had announced a 21-day lockdown in the country to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, which has infected over 2,500 people in the country.

(with inputs from agencies)

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