India fights Covid-19: 5 things to remember on Janta Curfew
The self-imposed curfew started at 7 am on Sunday and will continue till 9 pm. People need to stay indoors during this period.Updated: Mar 22, 2020 08:38 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for Janta Curfew, which began at 7 am today, has been received positively by most. The Prime Minister himself said that the voluntary curfew will help in taking further decisions to battle Sars-Cov-2 virus in the country that has infected more than 300 people. It is still low in comparison to the global toll of over 266,000 infections and over 11,000 deaths. The Janta curfew, it is hoped, will help generate the necessary awareness in India to deal with the enormous challenge Covid-19 presents.
Here are the top 5 things that one may bear in mind to make the initiative successful:
1.The self-imposed curfew will continue till 9 pm and during this period, people need to stay indoors. This means one is advised not to step out of the house, not even for a morning walk or an evening stroll or for buying rations or other stuff. It is to ensure that one does not come in contact with any person outside one’s immediate family members.
2.The ‘curfew’ is not being enforced by law but is voluntary in nature. However, several state governments have shut down shops and public places like malls, cinemas, gymnasiums, pubs etc to discourage people from treating the ‘curfew’ as holiday and for staying at home.
3. Emergency services including fire, ambulance and hospitals will operate and they will respond to calls for help and assistance. Residents, therefore, should not hesitate from dialling the helpline numbers for these services or even stepping out to go to the hospital emergency when required.
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4. Prime Minister specifically stressed on the need to put off elective surgeries and non-emergency visits to hospitals to ensure the medical personnel busy fighting the coronavirus pandemic do not have to share extra burden. This, however, doesn’t mean that medical advice can’t be sought during ‘Janta Curfew’. Medical advise over phone or consultations with family doctors or doctors within one’s families can be obtained.
5. Most importantly, if anyone in the family displays any symptoms similar to the disease during the ‘Janta Curfew’, information has to be relayed to concerned authorities and help must be sought. The health ministry has designated helpline nos -- +91-11-23978046 and Toll Free No: 1075 for reporting and seeking all Covid-19 related information.