32 States/UTs impose complete lockdown in India to combat COVID-19
New Delhi : 32 States and Union Territories in India have announced a complete lockdown to combat novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The States/UTs cover around 560 districts, said Government of India.
The lockdown has been imposed in a bid to stop spreading of coronavirus in the nation. Essential services have been kept out from the lockdown to ensure people get food supplies.
Domestic travels by all means – air and land – have also been suspended with the sealing of borders of almost all states.
The Cargo services and goods trains will be allowed to enter and exit as they will ensure the timely supply of essential goods.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that he will be addressing the nation for second time on Tuesday evening at 8 pm.
"Will address the nation at 8 PM today, 24th March 2020, on vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19," PM Modi wrote on Twitter.
वैश्विक महामारी कोरोना वायरस के बढ़ते प्रकोप के संबंध में कुछ महत्वपूर्ण बातें देशवासियों के साथ साझा करूंगा। आज, 24 मार्च रात 8 बजे देश को संबोधित करूंगा।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 24, 2020
Will address the nation at 8 PM today, 24th March 2020, on vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19.
The announcement comes after reports from several areas where people were seen violating the lockdown that has been imposed to stop the spread of novel coronavirus.
On Monday morning, PM Narendra Modi noted the act and asked people to stay indoors and follow the directives by the Central and State Government. He also urged state authorities to ensure the lockdown is properly followed.
"People are not taking the lockdown properly. Kindly save yourself and your family; follow the guidelines with sincerity and responsibly. I request all the state authorities to ensure that people follow guidelines," PM Modi tweeted in Hindi.
लॉकडाउन को अभी भी कई लोग गंभीरता से नहीं ले रहे हैं। कृपया करके अपने आप को बचाएं, अपने परिवार को बचाएं, निर्देशों का गंभीरता से पालन करें। राज्य सरकारों से मेरा अनुरोध है कि वो नियमों और कानूनों का पालन करवाएं।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 23, 2020
Earlier, PM Modi had addressed the nation on Thursday, asking people to go for Janta curfew and express gratitude to the health workers.