Coronavirus | Janata curfew on March 22 between 7 am and 9 pm, says Modi

The Prime Minister also wants the nation to applaud at 5 pm that day the selfless work of essential services personnel.

March 19, 2020 08:01 pm | Updated March 20, 2020 07:33 am IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File

As the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic , Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation. He made a fervent appeal to all Indians to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid getting infected by coronavirus, saying the world has never seen a danger as grave as this.

He called for ‘Janta curfew’ on March 22 between 7 am and 9 pm, saying no citizen, barring those in essential services, should get out of house.

“Even World War I and II did not affect as many countries as coronavirus has done,” Mr. Modi said in a national broadcast. Asking people to sacrifice “some weeks of yours, some time of yours”, Modi said given that coronavirus has no cure yet, the only way to stay safe is to stay indoors.

“I request all people in country to get out of house only when it is extremely necessary, try and do all work from home,” he said.

The Prime Minister also wanted the nation to applaud at 5 pm on March 22 the selfless work of essential services personnel.

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The COVID-19 outbreak has claimed four lives so far in the country.

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The next 15 days are important in stopping the spread of the disease and the Prime Minister made a fervent appeal to all Indians to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid getting infected by coronavirus, saying the world has never seen a danger as grave as this.

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8 pm


Modi advocates determination, patience

This natural calamity has affected the whole world. In the last two months, we have been hearing concerning news from around the world.

Even WW I and II did not involve as many countries as Corona Virus has done.

I have come here to demand something for you.

I want your time.

Science has not been able to find a treatment or vaccine for coronavirus. In such a situation, concern is natural.

In the worst-hit countries, there has  been a sudden explosion after the initial few days.

Some countries have taken decisive steps, and have managed the situation by carrying out isolation. The citizens' contribution has been important for this.

As citizens we must resolve that we will perform our duty and follow the directions of the central government. We will avoid being infected and save others from being infected.

Social distancing is paramount to tackle this situation. To not follow these guidelines would be an injustice to your family and loved ones. Leave your house only if it is essential.

Senior citizens above 60 should stay at home.

In the past, during situations of war, villages and towns were blacked out and people used to be on a vigil. I urge each citizen to abide by a 'citizen-curfew'- a curfew by the citizens, for the citizens. Starting March 22, from 7 am to 9 pm, everyone should stay at home, except for people in the essential services.

The success of the curfew will prepare us for future challenges.

All community and religious organisations should guide the people in following this curfew.

This citizen curfew will tell us how prepared we are to deal with this pandemic.

In the last two months, lakhs of people in hospitals, airports, delivery services have been serving others selflessly by not taking care of themselves.

On March 22, Sunday, 5 p.m., we will stand at our doors and windows thank them for 5 minutes, by clinking plates, spoons, and ringing bells.

We need to ensure that the burden on our paramedical staff, medical services is not increased. Avoid going to hospitals for routine check-ups. If it is unavoidable, go to your family doctor or consult them over phone.

If you have a surgery scheduled, I urge you to postpone it.

Centre to constitute COVID-19 Economic Task Force

This pandemic is also affecting the economy. Under the Finance Minister, the Centre has planned to constitute a COVID-19 Economic Task Force. The task force will ensure that steps taken to fight economic troubles amid the pandemic are successful.

In these troubled times, I urge people to also care about people working on daily wages. They too have families to sustain.

I also advise you to not go into panic buying of essentials.

I am confident that in future, we as citizens will continue abiding by our duties.

We need to stand together, help each other, and fight this epidemic.

I hope India emerges as a winner from this calamity.


Full text of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation on coronavirus pandemic:

My Dear Countrymen

The entire world is passing through a grave situation

Generally, whenever there is natural crisis, it is limited to a few countries or states

But, this crisis has engulfed the entire human race

Even during the first and second World wars, the number of countries affected were not as many as the number affected by the Coronavirus

For the last two months, we have been watching with concern, the news about Coronavirus spreading all across the world

In these two months, 130 crore Indians have resolutely confronted the Corona pandemic and taken the necessary precautions

But, in the last few days, a feeling has crept in that we are safe and everything is okay

But, this complacency in the face of this global pandemic is not correct

Friends, Therefore, it is very essential that every Indian is alert and aware

Whenever I have asked something from you, you have never disappointed me

It is the power of your blessings that our efforts are successful

Today, I am here to ask for something from my countrymen

I need your coming few weeks and also your time

Friends, Till now, the science has not been able to find a proper remedy to save us from Corona pandemic and no vaccine has been made for it

In this situation, it is quite natural that our worries are increasing

In the countries where the menace of the Coronavirus is more, a new fact has emerged from the studies

In these countries, after the initial phase, there has been a sudden spurt in infection

In these countries, the number of people infected with Corona rapidly increased suddenly

The Government of India is keeping a close vigil on the track record of the spread of Coronavirus

There are some countries which took immediate decision and contained the number of infections by isolating people

For a developing country like India with 130 crore population, the growing challenge of Coronavirus is not a normal situation

Today, when we are witnessing extensive impact of Corona pandemic in developed countries, it will be wrong to assume that it will have no impact on India

Therefore, there is a need to follow two important things to fight this pandemic

First – Resolve, and, Second – Restraint

Today, our 130 crore countrymen have to show resolve and determination to fight this pandemic as a citizen by performing duties and following the directions of the central and state government

Today, we have to take a resolve that we shall protect ourselves from getting infected and will also save others from getting infected


During such pandemic, only one mantra works –“World is healthy, when we are healthy”

In such situation, when there is no medicine for this disease, it is very essential for us to remain healthy

Restraint is compulsory to protect ourselves and remain healthy

And, what is the best way to maintain restraint –avoid crowds and stay at home

Today, what is known as social distancing, is very necessary in the present phase of Corona pandemic

Our resolve and restraint is going to play a vital role in reducing the effect of this pandemic

And therefore, if you feel that you are okay and nothing is going to happen to you and - you will keep roaming in the markets, on the streets, and will be safe from Corona -is not a right approach

By doing this, you will be doing injustice to yourself and your family

Therefore, this is my request to my countrymen that for coming weeks, they should go out of their homes only if essential

As much as possible, you should do your work from home, whether related to business or office

Those who are in Government services, hospitals, peoples representatives, media persons, it is necessary for them to be active

But, the remaining members of society should isolate themselves

I have another request that the senior citizens above 60 to 65 years of age in our families, should stay at home for coming few weeks

Today’s generation will not be very familiar with this but in olden times, in a war like situation, there used to be blackout at nights

Sometimes, this continued for a long time

Several times there used to be a drill for blackouts

Today, I am also asking for another support from each countryman

This is “Janata Curfew”

“Janata Curfew” means a curfew for the public and by the public

This Sunday, i.e., 22 March, from 7 am to 9 pm, all countrymen have to follow “Janata Curfew”

During this period, neither we will come out of homes nor on streets nor anywhere in the vicinity

Only people related to essential services will come out of their homes on 22 March


On 22 March, this effort of ours will be a symbol of our self-restraint and a resolve of our duties in national interest

Success of Janata Curfew on 22 March, its experience will prepare us for the future challenges

I will also request to the state governments to lead the observance of Janata Curfew

I will also request the youth associated to NCC, NSS, every young man of the country, civil society, all kinds of associations to make people aware for next two days on Janata Curfew

If possible, everyone should call at least ten people every day to make them aware about Coronavirus and Janata Curfew


In a way, this Janata Curfew will be like a testing time for India

This is also the time to see, how prepared is India to fight the menace of a pandemic like Corona

Amidst your these efforts, on 22 March, the day of Janata Curfew, I am asking for your another cooperation


Since last two months, millions of people are working day and night in hospitals and airports

Be it people from field of doctors, nurses, hospital staff, housekeeping staff, airlines staff, government servants, police personnel, media persons, railways, bus, auto-rickshaw, home delivery people, they are serving others, by not taking care of themselves

If you look at the present situation, it cannot be called a normal one

Today, they themselves are in danger of getting infected

In spite of this, they are doing their duties, serving others

They are standing between Corona and the countrymen like protectors of the nation

The country is obliged to them

On 22 March, I want all of us to thank all these people

Sharp at 5PM on 22 March, we should stand on our doorways, balconies, in front of our windows and keep clapping hands and plates, ringing the bellsfor five minutes to salute and encourage them

I also request to the local administration of the entire country that at 5 PM on 22 March, they should blow siren to inform people

For our countrymen, who believe in the service above self will have to express our feelings with full gratitude


We should also keep in mind that in this time of crisis, the pressure is continuously increasing on our essential services and hospitals

Therefore, I request you all to avoid going to hospitals for a routine check-up

If you find it very necessary, then take advice on phone from any doctor you know or your family doctor or any doctor in your relation

If  you have taken an appointment for Elective Surgery, my request is to postpone it for a month , if it is not an emergency


This pandemic has also severely  affected the economy

Keeping in mind the economic challenges posed by the Corona Pandemic, it has been decided to create a Covid 19 Economic Response Task Force headed by  the Finance Minister


This Task Force will be in constant contact with all the stakeholders, take their feedback and after analyzing the situation, take necessary decisions in the near future

The Task Force will also ensure that all the decisions, taken to tide over the economic crisis, are effectively implemented

This pandemic has greatly impacted the economic well being of the  middle, lower middle and poor sections of society

In this time of crisis I appeal to the business community  and the high income sections of society to be sensitive towards the economic interests of all those whose services you take

It is possible that in coming few days, these people may not be able to attend office or to your homes

In this situation, please do not cut their wages, decide humanely, sensitively

Always remember, they also have families to feed  and protect  from disease

I also assure countrymen that all steps are being taken to ensure that there is no scarcity of essential commodities such as milk, food items, medicine

I appeal to countrymen not to go into panic buying to store essential commodities

Do normal buying, not panic buying


In the past two months, 130 crore Indians, every citizen, has taken this crisis as their own and have contributed for India and society with all their ability

I am confident that in coming days also, you will continue to perform your duties and responsibility in the same manner

I know that in these times, some difficulties do arise, atmosphere of apprehension and rumors also develops

Many a time our expectations as citizens also remain unfulfilled

Still, this crisis is so grave that despite these difficulties we must face this crisis with firm determination


Right now we have to focus all our energies towards protecting ourselves from Corona

Today , be it the Central Government, state governments, local bodies, Panchayats , people’s representatives, everyone is contributing towards fighting this global pandemic in their own way

You too have to give your full contribution

It is essential that in the fight against this global pandemic, human race emerges victorious, India emerges victorious

In a few days the festival of Navratri will come

It is the festival of worship of `Shakti’

India marches ahead with all its might, that is my wish

Many Many Thanks





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