NEWS COVID SHUTDOWN
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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night declared a complete shutdown of the nation from midnight on Tuesday, to face the Covid-linked health emergency. The unprecedented lock-down will last 21 days at a stretch, meaning three weeks, the PM said in a televised address of the nation –the second address in a week’s time. The shutdown will last till April 14.
The Prime Minister also announced a Rs 15,000crore economic package to tide over the difficult situation the nation finds itself in. “Wherever you are, remain there. Do not come out,” the PM said,
The present assessment is that it would require a shutdown of 21 days to overcome the danger from the virus, the PM said. “This will be like a total curfew. More strict than the Janata Curfew on Sunday last,” the PM said, and pointed out that other nations did the same to tackle the virus threat. IHN-NN
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