As a part of a drill to increase Covid-19 pandemic awareness and prepare for the worst, India has launched a 14-hour ‘self curfew’ to test Indians’ readiness for social isolation and quarantine.
“Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against [the] Covid-19 menace,” Indian PM Narendra Modi tweeted minutes before the ‘self-curfew’ went into effect.
The steps we take now will help in the times to come.
In a few minutes from now, the #JantaCurfew commences.
Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against COVID-19 menace. The steps we take now will help in the times to come.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 22, 2020
While there will be no penalties for going outside of the house, Indians were advised to stay home to test their own preparedness for isolation and social distancing in case of emergency.
India has a relatively low number of 315 infections and only four deaths so far. However, taking note of the crises in other states, the country is preparing for the worst and testing its healthcare crisis response systems.
“Science still doesn’t have a vaccine for [the coronavirus]. The trend in countries shows it explodes after a few benign weeks,” warned Modi in his address to the nation on Friday, lest Indians be lulled into thinking they are somehow immune to the Covid-19 disease that has killed over 13,000 people among some 300,000 infected globally.