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Coronavirus: PM Modi urges people to not gather at shops amid lockdown

PM Modi has also requested the people not to indulge in panic buying

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Coronavirus: PM Modi urges people to not gather at shops amid lockdown
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In the wake of the nationwide lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the people not to crowd around shops as it increases the chances of the spread of the deadly coronavirus. PM Modi has also requested the people not to indulge in panic buying.

Retweeting the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines for the 21-day lockdown, PM Modi said to the people that gathering around shops is risking the spread of COVID-19. He said, "No panic buying please. Please stay indoors." PM Modi also assured the people the Centre and State governments will ensure that all essential commodities are available.

In another tweet, shortly after his announcement of the nationwide lockdown, the PM urged the people not to panic. He said. "My fellow citizens, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO PANIC. Essential commodities, medicines etc. would be available. Centre and various state governments will work in close coordination to ensure this." He also put forth a call for creating a healthier India

The lockdown has been announced to ensure social distancing and curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country were 512 as of 9:00 am on March 25. Globally, the number of cases has climbed over  3,76,000, including around 16,000 deaths.

Also Read: Coronavirus in India Live Updates: Positive cases rise to 562; 54-yr-old patient dies in Tamil Nadu

Also Read: Coronavirus in India: 21-day lockdown begins; key highlights of PM Modi's speech 

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