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Many people are not taking the lockdown seriously: PM Modi

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A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his gratitude towards people for supporting the ‘Janta Curfew’ to contain the spread of coronavirus, several people were seen ignoring the repeated reminders of the local and state authorities, as well as the repeated appeals of the Central government to stay at home.

The ‘daredevilry’ of such people has forced the Prime Minister to once again appeal to citizens to strictly follow the instructions of the state and local authorities during the lockdown. In a post on popular micro-blogging site Twitter, he said many people are not taking the lockdown seriously. Notably, the deadly virus has already claimed seven lives in the country and infected 415 people.

Modi tweeted: “Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the directives seriously. I request the state governments to ensure that the rules and laws are followed”.

Across India, 80 districts including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru are on complete lockdown, which means only essential services will be allowed. Railways, metros and inter-state buses have been stopped and public transport has been banned in Punjab, Rajasthan, Bengal, and Haryana.

Mumbai has banned one or more persons from public places and even in private cars. Trucks carrying essential goods will be allowed, but this morning, there were complaints that tough checks at borders had slowed down supply.

Delhi, which was among the first to order a complete shutdown, has stopped most of its public transport, sealed its borders and closed shops, allowing in only the essential items, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Sunday.

The lockdown was announced on a day millions in the country stayed indoors on Sunday, heeding to PM Modi’s appeal for people to self-isolate for a day and follow what he called “Janta Curfew” to contain the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19.

Besides the lockdown, the Centre has expanded testing to private laboratories and it will now include asymptomatic people who have had contact with confirmed cases.