Home / News / India /  'Stay at home for 21 days, no matter what': Key quotes from PM Modi's Covid-19 address

New Delhi: Taking heed from other countries, Pime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a complete lockdown across the country for 21 days from Tuesday midnight, asserting that this is necessary for a decisive battle against the Covid-19 outbreak. "Coronavirus has made many powerful countries helpless; challenges are increasing despite all efforts," said Modi.

In his second address to the nation on the pandemic raging across much of the world, Modi said the decision will have an economic cost but saving people's lives is of the paramount interest to his government.

"If we don't handle these 21 days well, then our country, your family will go backwards by 21 years," he said.

There will be complete bar on people from stepping outsides their homes, he said and even folded his hands to emphasise his request to citizens to adhere to the call.

Experts and the experience of countries fighting the deadly virus make it clear that the social distancing is the only way to combat the disease, he asserted.

Here are a few other highlights from his address to the nation:

-Experts are saying that 'social distancing' is the only way to tackle coronavirus

-Social distancing not only for infected but for every citizen including the prime minister

-One step outside can make way for coronavirus into your house

-You have to remember that a coronavirus-infected person initially appears to be normal and doesn't show symptoms. So maintain precautions and stay at home

-Centre has made allocation of 15,000 crore to strengthen health infrastructure to tackle coronavirus

-PM showed a poster saying corona means 'Koi Road Par Na Nikle' (No one should come out on roads)

-This is time for patience and discipline, I appeal to you with folded hands to remember people putting their lives at risk for our safety

-All steps being taken by central and state governments to ensure supply of essential items, says Modi

-Don't believe in rumours and superstitions; don't take any medicines without consulting doctors, says PM

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