Independence Day 2020 LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on the occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day. This year's function at Red Fort was different from the earlier years with extra precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Known otherwise to witness bustling crowd across many age groups, the annual grand event at the historic Red Fort was scaled down. At the main entrance, the limited number of guests invited for the event underwent thermal scanning by security personnel donning personal protective equipment (PPE) kit. Inside, chairs were placed in a careful matrix across all enclosures. Each seat had a sanitiser kit, a hand towel kept on the back rest along with the programme pamphlet. Social distancing norms were also in place on the rampart where the VVIPs were seated.