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In the wake of novel coronavirus spread in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the citizens to follow a one-day 'Janata Curfew' on Sunday from 7 am to 9 pm.

Modi said in an address to the nation that the 'Janata Curfew' would be to test India's ability to take tough measures against what he called a growing crisis.

On those lines, Modi also urged people to prevent themselves from panic-buying and hoarding of essential goods such as food and medicine.

Talking about measures to prevent coronavirus, Modi also asked citizens to help spread the awareness about Janata Curfew to others,

"If possible, please call at least 10 people every day and tell them about the 'Janta curfew' as well as the measures to prevent coronavirus," he said.

The Prime Minister also requested senior citizens to remain indoors for the next few weeks.

"Social distancing is extremely important and effective in reducing the impact of coronavirus. All senior citizens in our family should not get out of houses. I request all people in the country to get out of the house only when it is extremely necessary, try and do all work from home," he said.

The total number of novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 166 today after a record number of fresh cases reported from the various parts of the country. Maharashtra is the worst affected state with the maximum number of cases. According to the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total tally includes 141 Indian nationals and 25 foreigners.

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