COVID-19: PM Modi to address the nation at 8 pm


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm tonight on issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


This is Modi's second address to countrymen in less than a week as India is ramping up efforts to curtail the spread of the highly contagious virus.

In his previous address to the nation on Thursday, the Prime Minister had urged people to follow a 'Janta Curfew' on Sunday which was, by and large, a success as citizens remained indoors. 

As of now, almost the entire country is under lockdown to restrict public movement in a bid to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus.

According to the data updated Tuesday morning, the total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 492, including 446 active cases. Thirty-seven people have been cured/discharged/migrated. The figure also includes 41 foreign nationals and the nine deaths reported so far.

The Central government has taken several steps to contain the spread of the virus, including stoppage of all incoming passenger traffic on 107 immigration check posts at all airports, seaports, land ports, rail ports, and river ports.

The Indian Railways has also cancelled all passenger train operations till March 31.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to state governments to ensure that rules and regulations of the coronavirus lockdown are enforced strictly as he noted that many people were not following the measures seriously. 

With inputs from Agency

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