The PM is expected to enlist the CMs' support for his experimental idea of a people's curfew this Sunday when he has asked people to stay home between 7 am and 9 pm.
March 22 being a Sunday Guwahatians went on a scramble today itself to buy essential commodities including vegetables and meat. Indian airlines including Vistara, an affiliate of Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Go Airlines India Ltd., have already suspended all overseas flights, and budget carrier SpiceJet Ltd. has withdrawn most global services. "We have over 50 orders pending and will only open once we've delivered the pending orders", one of the owners told G Plus.
Modi requested Indians not to panic and hoard groceries as he said the government will ensure daily essentials are available to all.
In his almost half-an-hour speech, Modi said the pandemic had already deeply hurt the economic interests of the middle class, the lower middle class, and the poor.
India must fight to avoid the "explosion" in deaths seen in other countries, particularly in Italy and the United Kingdom in recent days.
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From memes describing enthusiasm for the "Janata Curfew" on March 22, to mocking the "luxurious" balcony, Mumbaikars tweeted about everything.
"You will be endangering your family and the community and I request every citizen to stay home for the next few weeks". During this time, no one should go out of their homes, unless they are involved in providing essential services. "And please follow the instructions and guidelines issued by the state government", Shah Rukh said in his video message.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced the setting up of a COVID-19 economic response task force, to be headed by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, to gauge the economic impact of the pandemic and take suitable steps.
The measures come on a day when Australia and New Zealand said they are both banning non-residents from entering the country, following similar announcement by Taiwan.
In a speech in Hindi, Modi also asked for "time" to combat the virus, noting its particular nature and stressing that older people should not venture out of homes. Other concessions have been announced for various sectors affected by the poor overall demand for goods and services owing to the outbreak, something which the Centre and other states can consider.