New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced nationwide lockdown beginning from 24 March, midnight, amid Coronavirus scare. After the announcement, Ministry of Home Affairs issued guidelines for offences and penalties during the 21-day countrywide lockdown.
Following are the guidelines:
Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines for offences and penalties during the 21-day countrywide lockdown. #CoronavirusLockdownpic.twitter.com/wo7TKR80eA— ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2020
"Forget about leaving home in the next 21 days. If you cross the Lakshman Rekha, you will invite the virus home," PM Modi said in his second address to the nation in a week.
"From midnight, there will be a total lockdown in the entire country. It is more like curfew," the Prime Minister said, praising citizens for making the Janata Curfew or 14-hour self-quarantine on Sunday a success.
PM Modi said India was at a critical stage where even a single misstep could lead to the deadly virus spreading like wildfire.
"Some think social distancing is only for patients. That's not correct. Social distancing is the only way to fight the virus. It is for every citizen, every family, every member, even for the Prime Minister."
India has more than 500 coronavirus cases. Nine people have died. Experts worry that without stringent measures like social distancing and quarantine, the virus will take on frightening proportions in India.