Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19.
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He will address the nation on 19th March 2020 at 8 PM. He will talk about issues relating to COVID-19 & the efforts to combat it.
As of now some rumors & unauthenticated information by some sources that there will be lock down announcement today by the prime minister. But these information is not verified, so we have to wait for the Official Announcement from the Prime Minister himself today at 8 p.m.
According to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the total number of positive cases of COVID19 in India stands at 167 (including 25 foreigners), 4 deaths (1 each) in Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab & Maharashtra.
Prime Minister emphasised on actively engaging with individuals, local communities and organisations in chalking our mechanisms to fight the COVID-19 menace. He also urged officials and technical exports to deliberate on the steps to be taken next.
He expressed gratitude to all those at the forefront of combating COVID-19 including the various State Governments, medical fraternity, paramedical staff, armed and paramilitary forces, those associated with aviation sector, municipal staff and others.
To control the spread of Coronavirus, those with suspected infection are being kept in isolation for 14 days. Even though the isolation is important as the virus has claimed over 7,000 lives globally, the time in isolation is not going to be easy for the people.
To keep them some company in self-quarantine or in government facilities, the Centre has decided to hand out reading material. The reading material would include a collection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches.