PM Modi: Strong action against those misbehaving with frontline staff.

PM Modi requested people to cooperate with the administration to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

PM Modi on Wednesday warned of strict action against those misbehaving with people on the frontline of the fight against coronaviruses like doctors and airline crew and asked the cooperation of citizens with the administration to deal with the crisis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The restrictions came into force at midnight local time (18:30 GMT) and will be enforced for 21 days.

Modi chose a video interaction with residents of Varanasi, the constituency he represents in Parliament, to respond to several questions related to the pandemic and his government’s response to it, and stated that focusing on a few incidents of shortcomings will not help at this hour.

Navaratri has started from Wednesday, PM Modi asked people to take care of nine families on each of the nine auspicious days, saying nothing can be of more devotion to goddess Durga.

Invoking the Mahabharata, he said the epic war was won in 18 days and his governments the effort is to win this war against coronavirus in 21 days.

Lord Krishna was the charioteer then and now 130 crores people are the charioteer in this battle, he said.

To a problem about the hardships being suffered especially by the poor migrants and daily wagers, the prime minister acknowledged that there may be some difficulties.

Modi also asked people to cooperate with the government and the administration, and not to pressure them, for better results during the lockdown period.

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“There may be incidents of some shortcoming or negligence. But looking for such cases and focussing and publicizing them, discouraging some sector will not benefit at this time. There can be a thousand reasons to spread pessimism. I am not saying they are all wrong but life runs on hope and trust,” he said.

Doctors, police personnel and many others have been working very hard and should be encouraged, he said. They should be publicly praised, he said.

Modi also asked people to avoid fear, rumor, and self-medication and emphasized his message of self-distancing if the battle against the deadly virus has to be won.

He noted that over one lakh of COVID-19 patients have recovered the world over and many dozens have in India as well.

This disease does not distinguish between the rich and the poor, between regions and infects even those very keen about their health, he said, adding that social distancing is the only way out and people should have self-control and should follow guidelines.

The government has joined hands with WhatsApp to start a help desk, and people can get proper guidelines about the virus by contacting a number (9013151515), the prime minister said.

Kashi, another name for Varanasi, can show the way to the country with its patience, coordination, empathy, peace, tolerance, service and solution, he said, noting that the holy place is known for destroying sins and crises.

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