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Published On: Wed, Mar 25th, 2020

Social Distancing Demo At PM’s Cabinet Meet

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ET75nGvVAAEZ9hGNEW DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet meeting on the first day of the 21-day lockdown to fight coronavirus demonstrated social distancing.
In an image circulated on social media, PM Modi was flanked by ministers who sat a safe distance away, and with enough spacing between each in a long, carpeted hall in the Prime Minister’s official residence in Delhi.
The Prime Minister had last evening announced a “total lockdown” across the country, asking people to “forget about stepping out of their homes” for the next three weeks. He explained that this period was necessary to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus, which has taken over 14,000 lives across the world.

He also asserted that social distancing was the biggest way to control the spread of the virus.“Many think social distancing is only for patients. That is wrong. Social distancing is for everyone, even the Prime Minister,” said PM Modi in his half-hour address.

Reports suggested the possibility of a video call was discussed but finally, the meeting was held in the conventional way, with post-virus tweaks in the seating arrangement. There are over 530 coronavirus cases in India. Nine people have died.
Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, “Social distancing is the need of the hour. We are ensuring it… Are you? Social distancing is need of the hour. We are ensuring it… Are you?
There are over 530 coronavirus cases in India. Nine people have died. The government’s challenge, apart from getting people to follow social distancing and self-isolation, is to ensure the supply of essentials like milk, vegetables, medicines.
The Centre has asked the state governments to ensure unhindered operation of essential services and their seamless availability for the general public during the 21-day lockdown period announced to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
In a communication to chief secretaries and DGPs of all states, the Union Home Ministry said all states and UTs should actively enforce social distancing and isolation for COVID-19 through lockdown and prohibitory measures with exemptions for supply chain and transportation of essential goods and services in and out of the state.
(With Agency Inputs).

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