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Coronavirus impact: Essential services to remain open during 21-day lockdown

Coronavirus impact: Essential services to remain open during 21-day lockdown

Coronavirus impact: Essential services to remain open during 21-day lockdown
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By CNBC-TV18 Mar 25, 2020 6:40 AM IST (Updated)

The government clarified that all essential services will remain functional and the list of essential services issued for 'Janata Curfew' of March 22 remains unchanged.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a complete lockdown in India from 12am of March 25 to rid the country of coronavirus. “The country will be set back by 21 years if we don't manage these 21 days,” the PM said in a televised address on March 24.

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“If you don't follow the curfew these 21 days, we will pay the cost for the next 21 years. The country and your family will go behind by 21 years if this 21-day period doesn't pass. Many families will be destroyed forever if we don't follow this curfew," the PM added.
“For a few days, forget about venturing out. Stay at home, stay inside your home. Do just one thing, stay at home,” he said.
Total lock down all over india “more than janata curfew” nobody to step out. Important to save every life and it is my responsibility. My government, every state government has this responsibility. I pray with folded hands to remain where ever you are for 21 days. I had requested you in my earlier address to stay indoors for a couple of weeks. These 21 days will be very critical to break the chain of the virus. We have to manage this 21 days so that we do not go back in time. I say this as a mean it for your family not as a PM. It’s just 21 days, stay at home... stay at home... stay at home...”
The PM added that draw a "Lakshman Rekha" at your doorstep and don't let anyone step in for the next 21 days if not you will invite the virus into your homes.
"Pray for people who are working to sanitise your society and neigbourhoods, roads and public places to ensure complete eradication of the virus. You must also think about media persons who are working 24 hours, by staying on roads and going to hospitals, to give you correct info," Modi said.
Meanwhile, the government clarified that all essential services would continue to remain functional. The list of essential services that was issued for the 'Janata Curfew' of March 22 remains unchanged.
The Managing Director and CEO of BSE, Ashish Chauhan welcomed PM Modi's decision and said, "Day to day operations of BSE would continue."
Moreover, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) released a press note stating that the country is threatened with the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, which has already been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. "It necessary to take effective measures to prevent its spread across the country and that there is a need for consistency in the application and Implementation of various measures across the country while ensuring maintenance of essential services and supplies, including health infrastructure."
The NDMA issued an order directing for the strict implementation of the lockdown. This order will remain in force across India for the next 21 days with effect from March 25.
This is a breaking story and will be updated shortly.
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