No panic buying please, tweets PM Modi — Here’s a list of services which will be available during coronavirus lockdown

By: |
Updated: Mar 24, 2020 10:08 PM

Prime Minister Modi's statement comes after reports emerged that people had started gathering at provisional stores across the country after the prime minister announced complete lockdown for the next three weeks.

PM Modi, Modi live, coronavirus, COVID19, PM modi speech todayPM Modi announced a total lockdown for next 21 days. (Photo/DD)

Shortly after announcing a nationwide lockdown from March 24 midnight, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that there was no need to panic and the Centre and state governments will ensure supply of essential commodities. He also said that the chances of coronavirus spread will increase if people come in close proximity. “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. Together, we will fight COVID-19 and create a healthier India. Jai Hind!,” the prime minister said.

He also said that “by converging around shops, you are risking the spread of COVID-19”. “No panic buying please. Please stay indoors. I repeat- Centre and State Governments will ensure all essentials are available,” the prime minister added. This comes after reports emerged that people had started gathering at provisional stores across the country after the prime minister announced complete lockdown for the next three weeks.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has released a detailed guidelines on the measures to be taken by the governments to contain the highly contagious coronavirus. During the lockdown some places will remain open and they are — ration shops (under PDS) dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder. Banks, insuarnce offices and ATMS will also remain open. Delivery of all essential goods inluding food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through E-commerce will also be allowed during lockdown.

Hospitals and all related medical establishments including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sector, such as dispensaries, chemist and medical equipment shops, laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance will continue to remain functional during three-week lockdown, according to guidelines issued by MHA.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
18 states, UTs reported nearly 71% of new COVID-19 deaths in 24-hour span
2DCGI and institutional ethics committee investigating claim of adverse event in COVID vaccine trial: Officials
3Gujarat: Manufacturers asked to keep 50% oxygen for medical use