Coronavirus: India to observe one day ‘Janata Curfew’

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a one-day nation-wide voluntary curfew amid coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing to the nation he stated, “Under this Janata (public) curfew, no person should leave their home or gather in their society. Only those related to essential services need to go out.”

“On that day, at 5 pm, we will stand at our balconies, windows or doors for 5 minute, we will show our gratitude to those maintaining essential services by ringing bells, sounding sirens, clapping or clanging utensils,” he added.

The one-day voluntary curfew will see citizens confined to their homes from 7 am to 9 pm on March 22. The exercise will test the country’s ability to isolate its nearly 1.4 billion citizens. The curfew would start on Sunday morning and last until 9 p.m. local time.

Coronavirus cases in India have climbed to 173 with four casualties.