Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the 14-hour ''Janta Curfew'' is the beginning of a long battle against coronavirus outbreak and the countrymen have proved that together they can defeat any challenge. "Today''s Janta Curfew may end at 9.00 pm, but this does not mean we start celebrating," he tweeted. He said the self-imposed curfew should "not be considered as a success" as it is the "beginning of a long battle". "Janta Curfew is beginning of a long battle. Today countrymen have told that we are capable, and once we decide we can take on any challenge together," he said.
Earlier, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced that the national capital will be locked down from 6 am on March 23, saying "extraordinary measures" are required to contain the spread of the new coronavirus after six locally transmitted cases surfaced in the national capital. The lockdown will continue till midnight on March 31, Kejriwal said at a joint press conference with Lt Governor Anil Baijal. No public transport will operate and Delhi's borders will remain sealed during the lockdown, but the essential services related to health, food, water and power supply will continue, Kejriwal said but added that 25 percent of the DTC buses will run to transport people associated with essential services. He informed that all domestic and international flights were being suspended in Delhi. Dairies, milk plants, grocery shops, chemists and petrol pumps will remain open, he said.