PM Narendra Modi calls for Janta curfew on Mar 22

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PTI | Updated :March 19, 2020,19:53 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation has asked Indians to stay at home as far as possible in the few next weeks.

"You have never said no to me. I am here to seek your next few weeks. Isolate yourself as far as possible. We can't afford to let our guard down since science is yet to find a cure to this grave health crisis," he said, while suggesting a janata curfew (self-imposed curfew) on Sunday from 7 am to 9 pm.

This on a day when India recorded its fourth coronavirus death - a 70-year-old diabetic patient from Punjab - on a day when the government decided to bar international travel for a week from March 22. Those above 65 and children below 10 were also advised stay at home.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, one Indian who was infected with coronavirus in Iran also passed away. 

The cases also rose to 191 after 17 more new infections were reported from various parts of the country.

While Uttar Pradesh reported three cases followed by two in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Chandigarh recorded one case each.

A 23-year-old Chandigarh woman who tested positive today has travel history to the United Kingdom. 

Meanwhile, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE) postponed class 10th and 12th exams in view of coronavirus. They have informed that revised dates will be announced later.

The government had on Wednesday informed the Lok Sabha that as many as 276 Indians abroad have tested positive for coronavirus. The list includes 255 pilgrims in Iran. 


Source: English sakshi