The novel Coronavirus has taken its toll over the world; the number of deaths because of Covid-19 in Italy has surpassed the number of deaths in China. India is still on stage II but if the country does not take social distancing seriously, there is a threat of an uncontrolled explosion of such cases to happen in the next week. As of today, March 20, 2020, more than 200 Coronavirus infected cases have been reported in India with nearly 30 fresh cases happening in the last 40 hours.
People have already died from Covid-19 infection, one each in Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab, and Maharashtra. This is the time when India has to put a brake on the spread of Coronavirus. People need to take this disease seriously; it is not meme stuff anymore. Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi Ji in his address to the nation on March 19, 2020, urged people to stay indoors and practice social distancing. He gave this idea of Janta Curfew whereby people would themselves choose not to leave their homes or gather in the neighborhood from 7 am to 9 pm. In his address, he especially mentioned the vulnerability of the elderly and kids and advised them to stay at home. To combat the problem, India has issued an order banning the landing of any international flight in India from March 22 for a period of 7 days.
It is important to understand that Janta curfew would be instrumental to break the chain of Coronavirus; MMDU urges people to stay indoors and refrain from going on to the streets or roaming around. The malls, multiplexes, gyms, spas, shopping complexes, movie theatres, health clubs, etc. have already been closed by the order of the government. This Sunday is going to be historical for India if the nation can implement Janta curfew successfully. This would not only encourage the practice of social isolation and social distancing which will play a critical role in saving India; it will also delay stage III of Covid-19 in India. PM Narendra Modi has also asked people to show gratitude for the health workers and support staff working at airports, hospitals, and medical institutions by way of clapping or ringing the bell at 5 PM on Sunday by standing in the doorways, balconies or near the window.
MMDU urges all to follow Janta Curfew on Sunday, March 22, 2020. This day will help us win the battle against Coronavirus.