Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked citizens for a nationwide demonstration of solidarity to fight against the deadly coronavirus by lighting candles, lamps or mobile phone torches.
This demonstration will take place at 9pm on April 5 for nine minutes, reported The Hindu.
"There is no bigger force than our conviction and resolve. There is nothing we cannot achieve with these forces," in an address to the nation, he noted, Modi made it very clear that the coronavirus threat could only be combated with nothing but the full cooperation of people.
He addressed the plight of the poor because of this lockdown saying, "We have to take our poor brethren towards the light and certainty. To defeat this darkness, we have to shine the light in every direction,"
Modi acknowledged that being under lockdown could be a lonely experience full of anxiety but still warned the citizens to abide by the rules of lockdown. "Either stay at your doors, on your balcony etc, but please do not cross the "Laxman Rekha" of your home," he said. "Social distancing is the only Ram Baan [weapon] we have to combat coronavirus," he pointed out.
As of today, the death toll in India has risen to 86 whereas 3,082 people have been identified positive for Covid-19.