PM Modi on coronavirus outbreak: World War I, II didn’t affect as many countries as Covid-19

Updated on Mar 19, 2020 09:24 PM IST

Coronavirus outbreak: The novel coronavirus has taken four lives in the country and infected 167 residents in its stage 2 amid calls for ‘total lockdown’ of towns.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi(ANI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(ANI photo)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

In his address to the nation, PM Modi called coronavirus crisis a matter of concern, saying that the even World War I and II did not affect as many countries as coronavirus.

PM Modi appealed the people to impose self curfew on March 22 to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The prime minister also assured the people that in this Covid-19 crisis situation where the scientists are yet to come up with a cure or a vaccine for the virus, it is natural to be anxious.

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“You have never disappointed me whenever I have asked for something. It is from all your blessings that we are moving towards our set goals. Today, I need the coming few weeks from all. Neither there has been no definite cure to deal coronavirus, nor is there a vaccine. In such a situation, it is natural for us to be anxious,” Modi said.

The novel coronavirus has taken four lives in the country and infected 167 residents in its stage 2 amid calls for ‘total lockdown’ of towns and cities to prevent its progress to the next stage of community transmission, that can lead to an exponential rise in infections in a country of over 1.3 billion.

Earlier today, the government announced a ban on all incoming international flights to the country for a period of one week starting Sunday, March 22.

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