Firstly, Abraham Lincon's idea of "for the people, of the people and by the people" has been requested to be followed in the form of "JANATA CURFEW" on the upcoming Sunday i.e 22nd March from 7 AM to 9 PM. Though the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has stated that there is no community transmission of illness, many experts have expressed their doubts as India is not testing suspected cases outside the strict inclusion criteria. "I appeal to all not to go into panic buying to store essential commodities".
In his almost half-an-hour speech, Modi said the pandemic had already deeply hurt the economic interests of the middle class, the lower middle class, and the poor.
The federal government also asked states to enforce work-from-home for all private sector employees except those working in emergency and essential services, the state-run Press Information Bureau said in a statement.
"During this curfew, we shall neither leave our homes nor get onto the streets or roam about our localities", Mr Modi said in a speech appealing to Indians to exercise restraint and stay at home as much as possible.
"We welcome Prime Minister's call for a janata curfew and adopting social distancing".
Stepping out of house might affect not only you, but others too.
The government has also asked all senior citizens (above the age of 65) to stay at home. "Some states that are ahead of the central government should go ahead and lock down their towns and cities".
Henk Bekedam, the World Health Organization's (WHO) India representative, hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "janata curfew" initiative which will come into effect for a day on Sunday.
The 29-minute address came hours after the government said no global flights would be allowed to land in India for one week starting Sunday.
Travellers from several countries are also subject to a 14-day quarantine when they arrive in India.
While addressing the country about measures taken by the government to control the spread of coronavirus, Modi said that the virus is also impacting India's economy and that's why the government has now set up an economic response task force.
It also directed zonal railways will keep a close watch on the situation at major stations and where needed order special trains to clear rush of passengers who may be stranded at stations despite advance public notice.