Stay at home, no matter what: PM's key quotes

PM Narendra Modi is addressing the nation for the second time in less than a week, as India grapples with the raging coronavirus pandemic, that has now affected 190 countries worldwide.
He had addressed the nation on efforts to combat the pandemic on March 19, and given a call for ‘Janata curfew’ on March 22, that received a rousing response from across the country.
Here are the highlights from his Tuesday evening address:
* PM thanks nation for success of ‘Janta curfew’ on March 22
* The nation came together as one for Janta curfew
* Coronavirus has stretched the resources of even developed nation
* Social distancing only way to stop coronavirus, please remain within your homes
* Some are under the illusion that social distancing is only for the ones who have the infection
* India will have to pay a very high price if social distancing is not adhered to
* Entire country to be under lockdown from midnight tonight
* Total ban on moving out of homes from midnight tonight, to be enforced more stringently than Janta curfew
* 21 day lockdown to be enforced in entire country
* 21 days of isolation very necessary to break the chain of coronavirus
* 21 days of lockdown, if not effectively enforced, will push country back by 21 years
* There is an invisible ‘Lakshmanrekha’ at everybody’s door
* Coronavirus affected the first 100,000 people in 67 days, but the next 100,000 in just 11 days
* The next 100,000 were infected in just 4 days
* This is enough to understand the rapidity with which this spreads
* Italy, US with better healthcare infrastructure have struggled to cope with the outbreak
* We need to learn from countries that have somewhat successfully mitigated the crisis
* These countries were able to stem the spread with strict lockdown
* Come what might, we should not leave our homes
* This is true for the villagers in remote regions, to the nation’s Prime Minister
* We are at the cross roads when our decisions will decide how effectively we deal with the situation
* I appeal with folded hands, remain in your homes, and spare a thought for all those people who are braving the odds to keep you safe
* Think of the doctors, paramedics, ambulance drivers who are at the forefront of the fight
* The policemen, those working in the media have to be out working, spare a thought for them
* We have made all efforts to ensure supply of essential goods
* Top priority to be accorded to measures that ensure people’s lives are safe
* Centre has allocated Rs 15,000 cr for coronavirus battle
* Isolation wards & beds, ventilators and other arrangements to be made with this amount
* I am happy that the private sector has come forward to the aid of the nation’s people
* Do not take any medication without the advice of doctors
* Improper treatment can seriously endanger your lives
* I am confident that Indian will emerge victorious in this battle
* Take care of yourself, and also of your near and dear ones

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