Janta Curfew: India Comes Out To Salute Those Fighting Coronavirus
As the clock struck five on Sunday evening, people across India emerged from their homes after a day-long ‘Janta Curfew’ to express gratitude to those participating in the fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Terraces, balconies and open areas of residential housing societies saw people clapping, clanging and banging plates, bursting firecrackers and blowing conch shells to salute medical professionals, healthcare and sanitation workers who are working round-the-clock to curb the pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called for the curfew in his address to the nation on Thursday, thanked people for the response. “The country thanked each person who led the fight against the coronavirus. Many thanks to the countrymen,” Modi wrote on Twitter.
Here are a few photos and videos of the appreciation that was shown:
A spreading coronavirus has infected at least 370 people in India while five others have succumbed to the Covid-19 disease. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a total of 16,999 samples from 16,109 individuals have been tested for SARS-CoV2, even as multiple states went into lockdown in response to the virus.