Nagaland observes ‘Janata Curfew’ today, expresses gratitude to healthcare workers

(Kohima city during the Janta Curfew today, March 22, 2020 | Photo: AIR Kohima)

Kohima, March 22 (NE): Nagaland along with the rest of the country observes 14 hours Janta Curfew on Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi’s appeal, today, March 22, 2020.

The ‘Janata curfew’ got underway at 7 am this morning, all markets and establishments were closed for the day like any other Sunday in Nagaland. The ‘Janata curfew’ will end at 9 pm. Streets wore a deserted look and bare number of vehicles were seen on the road today in an unprecedented shutdown on PM Modi’s appeal for a ‘Janata curfew’ to help check the spread of Coronavirus.

Many churches in Nagaland observed Sunday service with a special prayer for Coronavirus situation, while some cancelled today’s service on the wake of the situation, few streamed the service Live through various social media platforms today.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi took to Twitter and thanked people for showing support. “This is just a beginning of the nation’s victory march in a long battle against the deadly virus.,” PM Modi tweeted.

As the clock struck five, many expressed gratitude to doctors, nurses and others working continuously to combat Covid 19. Kohima responded to the call with a loud siren from Police Headquarters and citizens making noises from their respective homes. Minister for Health and Family Welfare, GoN S Pangnyu Phom & family applauds all the health workers working tirelessly.

The Minister’s notification reads; “I on behalf of the Government of Nagaland and the Department of Health & Family welfare, applaud all the health workers working tirelessly to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. Let us be responsible citizens and cooperate with them. Together we can! S Pangnyu & Family” – unquote.

Ahead of the Curfew, on Saturday, March 21, 2020 Nagaland Government issued a clarification on Janata Curfew, that the Janata Curfew on March 22, 2020 called by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi is voluntary and self-imposed and is not being enforced by the State Government. However, the State Government appealed all citizens to show solidarity towards the call made by the Hon’ble Prime Minister and to voluntarily stay indoors during the period from 7 am to 9 pm on March 22, 2020, said a report from DIPR.