the nation on efforts to combat the Covid-19,” 

The prime minister has been regularly taking to social media, urging people to prepare themselves but not panic. He has asked people to follow lockdown instructions seriously while urging the state governments to ensure that people don’t venture outside.

In an earlier address on March 19, when he announced Janata Curfew, the PM had called for “resolve and restraint” to fight coronavirus. In a nearly 30-minute national broadcast, PM Modi had asked people to stay indoors and work from home as much as possible while underscoring the dangers of coronavirus, saying the world has never seen a crisis as grave as this.

“Even World War I and II did not affect as many countries as coronavirus has done,” Modi had said, asking people to avoid this mindset that the disease will not affect India much when it has hit hard many developed countries.

Lauding the hard work of medical professionals, sanitation staff, airline crews, delivery persons and media personnel among others, PM Modi had asked people to express gratitude to them by giving them a five-minute standing ovation at 5 pm on Sunday by clapping hands, beating plates or ringing out bells.

After Janta Curfew, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said it was just the beginning of a long battle against coronavirus outbreak, as he lauded the people for their overwhelming response to his appeal for self-restriction, saying together the countrymen can defeat any challenge.

He also thanked people for expressing gratitude towards those at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus.

Last week, he participated in a video conference of SAARC leaders to prepare a joint strategy to tackle the pandemic.

The total number of coronavirus cases crossed 500 in the country on Tuesday.

 Narendra Modi will be addressing the nation at 8 pm on Tuesday on the situation arising out of coronavirus outbreak and the efforts being taken to combat it.

“Will address the nation at 8 PM today, 24th March 2020, on vital aspects relating to the menace of Covid-19,” the Prime Minister tweeted on Tuesday morning.

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