India Lockdown: What PM Should Have Said & What You Need to Know

Could PM Modi have avoided the panic caused by his speech announcing India’s 21-day lockdown to battle COVID-19?

Published25 Mar 2020, 01:57 PM IST
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Could PM Modi have avoided the panic-buying situation caused by his speech announcing India’s 21-day lockdown to battle COVID-19?

The key points PM Modi covered in his speech include the 21-day lockdown across India, and the announcement that the Centre was setting up a Rs 15,000 crore fund to strengthen healthcare infrastructure and provide more equipment to tackle COVID-19.

He also mentioned that the government had “made provisions” to ensure the supply of essential commodities in this period.

But barely minutes after the lockdown’s announcement people flooded grocery and ration shops across India to get what they could before everything shut. So, was the PM’s address to the nation adequate or did it fall woefully short?

Today we’re going to tell you exactly what you can and can’t do during this lockdown, what goods and services will still be available, and what more the PM could have said in his 28-minute speech, announcing the lockdown.

(We’re joined today by The Quint’s Senior Correspondent in Mumbai Ankita Sinha, Political Editor Aditya Menon, and Legal Editor Vakasha Sachdev)

We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.

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