Modi accepted Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray's suggestion that all chief ministers should speak to religious leaders from their respective states and ask them to tell the community members about the need for social distancing and refrain from large gatherings.
However, hopes of the lockdown getting removed, at least partially, after its 21-day period rose further after Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said airlines are free to allow ticket booking for flights after April 14. During this time, all of you showed precedented discipline and a sense of service.
The manner in which you had expressed gratitude to all those fighting against the Coronavirus on Sunday 22nd March, has today become an example for all countries.
In India, where the healthcare facilities are not as par as other rich countries, there was only one way to deal with the pandemic - restrict people's movement. In view of the crop harvesting season, the Prime Minister asked the states to think of other platforms for procuring grains apart from APMC, and explore the possibility of creating pooling platforms for rural areas, like that in ride-sharing apps, which can be used for this goal. These questions may have also been coming to their minds - such as how many more days would we have to spend inside?
This comes at a time when a country-wide lockdown has been enforced in wake of the novel coronavirus that has affected more than 1,900 people and claimed the lives of 50. Friends, in India we see god in people. This is a fight which must be fought by each of us. It clears our path. Friends, in this darkness spread by the Coronavirus pandemic we have to consistently move towards the light. We can never content. Let us no mistake.
Prasar Bharati tweeted in the evening: A 5.38pm tweet from Prasar Bharati seemed nearly to turn the announcement about Modi's video message into a promo for a TV show many in the ruling establishment have been plugging. "Switch off all your lights, stand at your door or balcony, light a candle, lamp, a torch or your phone's flashlight, and keep it on for nine minutes", he said, adding that when all Indians do this exercise together, they will be able to feel the power of light and the resolve of the fight against coronavirus.
When the lights will be shut and when everyone will light up diyas and candles, in that light we should take an oath and say that we are not alone. No one is alone.