On 24th March, in his 8 pm speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a 21 days lockdown all over the country. This lockdown commenced on 25th March at midnight. With the imposition of this lockdown, the country literally came to a standstill. Transportation was suspended for these 21 days and the Prime Minister urged the people to practice social distancing.
Several other countries have been majorly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 and are struggling to establish a well-planned strategy to handle this situation. Currently, Europe and the United States are the epicenters of this pandemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had earlier issued guidelines to combat the coronavirus and India has been applauded for strictly abiding by those guidelines. Schools, gyms, offices, colleges, shops, and markets were immediately ordered to close down with the spread of this virus. Social gatherings were also banned.
Henk Bekedam, WHO’s representative to India praised the Indian government for their sincere efforts taken against the novel coronavirus. He said “The commitment from the Indian government and the Prime Minister’s office has been enormous, very impressive. It is one of the reasons why India is still doing quite well. I am very impressed that everyone has been mobilized.”
“We have very good research capacity in India and especially at the ICMR and the Department of Health Research. They have been able to isolate the virus and now India will continue to be a part of the research community” Henk added.
United Nations also showed solidarity with India in its response to the current pandemic situation. The UN claimed that India’s approach is comprehensive and robust and they are working closely with the Indian government to establish laboratories and researches. They are implementing effective and protective measures to avoid any risk and infections from the novel coronavirus.
A video message was released by the United Nations New which said: “United Nations stands in solidarity with India in its fight against COVID-19.” The video also addressed the “Janta Curfew” that was observed in India on Sunday from 7 am to 9 pm.
Mike Ryan, Director of WHO Emergencies Programme said in a press briefing “India is a populous country. The future of this pandemic will be determined by what happens to densely populated countries”
“India has tremendous capacities. It is exceptionally important for countries like India to lead the way to show what can be done” he further added to his speech.
COVID-19 has attacked more than a hundred countries now. The threat of this virus is growing rapidly with no definite approach to control it. The Indian government has issued several guidelines and is making all attempts to combat this pandemic. Stay aware! Stay safe!