Janata curfew: India stays indoors to combat the global pandemic!

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to observe 'Janata curfew' on Sunday to combat the spread of the Coronavirus in the country, India goes under severe and unprecedented lockdown as millions of people across the country stay indoors and constraining the travels with the view of practicing social distancing and avoiding mass gatherings which would increase the risk of being victimized by the virus.

As of Sunday, according to CovidIndia.org, India has reported with 332 positive cases so far in its territory and with four fatalities due to the virus, that has become a global pandemic by causing large-scale damages to the global economy and claiming more than 13,000 lives globally as the world countries have been combating this micro menace by rolling out the preventive measures and advisories, imposing restrictions and travel bans, and shutting down the borders.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation in the wake of Coronavirus - March 19, 2020


The Indian government and various state governments have been enforcing multiple restrictions at all levels towards containing the spread in the territory. However, despite the mechanisms, the country has been coming through soaring high cases as nearly 80 fresh cases have been reported for the past few days. While addressing the nation on Thursday in the wake of the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to the people to stay indoors on Sunday and to restrict the unnecessary travels and gatherings. As per the measure, which was labeled as 'Janata curfew', the people have been advised to remain home from 7 am to 9 pm on Sunday to maintain social distancing.

A man wearing protective mask stands on the pavement as the shops in the Janpath market have closed its shutters in the wake of the pandemic in New Delhi


Adding to that, various state governments have ordered to shut down the schools, colleges, universities, malls, theaters, bars, parks, tourist spots, restaurants, public places, and private establishments in its respective territory and the states would remain under lockdown till March 31st, 2020 to minimize the risk and challenge. 

With the view of containing the spread, millions across the country have been staying indoor and grip up the fight against the virus. Metro cities in the country went silent, major roads have gone empty with no horns, the companies, hotels, malls, and various weekend destinations shut down, no major vehicle movements were reported, and travel restrictions were imposed across the country.

The roads of Doda in Jammu and Kashmir turn empty as the UT observes Janata curfew - March 22, 2020- ANI Photo


Few minutes before the start of Janata curfew, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted " Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against COVID-19 menace. The steps we take now will help in the times to come. Stay indoors and stay healthy. #IndiaFightsCorona". 

A traffic police stands on the Kamarajar Salai, adjacent to Marina beach, in Chennai as the always busy road went quiet over the curfew - March 22, 2020 - ANI Photo


According to the reports, cities of all directions have gone silent as most had joined in a self-lockdown. Major cities have suspended the metro rail and bus services on Sunday whereas the Indian government has canceled over 3700 trains and imposed a ban on the international passenger flights from entering the country from March 22nd for a week. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that the collective action would contain the virus and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the works of the essential services. In his tweet, he stated that "The Armed Forces, paramilitary forces, police, doctors, paramedics, and other essential services are working round the clock to fight against the menace of Corona Virus. We must express our gratitude to those serving the nation in these difficult times."