Hyderabad: As India tackles Coronavirus, PM Narendra Modi declared that on March 22nd, the entire nation will follow the Janta Curfew so as to break the chain of the virus and also to appreciate the efforts of all the people namely, doctors, nurses, staff at the hospitals, Housekeeping staff, airlines staff, government servants, police personnel and many more people working day in and day out to make sure the spread of coronavirus is stopped and the nation comes out of this phase. Speaking on the same, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao declared that the state shall follow a 24-hour Janta Curfew i.e. from March 22 6AM to March 23 6AM, for our own good and the nation's well-being. He also said that public transport, both RTC and Metro will be available only on emergency.
As a result of this, Hyderabad from 6 am on Sunday witnessed empty streets as people remained in their respective houses. Hyderabad turned into a ghost city following the Janta Curfew as a couple or more vehicles were seen hitting the streets. Police personnel were deployed in order to check whether the people were following the curfew orders. Utilising this occasion, the GHMC officials also began disinfection drives in many parts of the state as a preventive measure against Coronavirus. Teams under the leadership of Director of Enforcement, vigilance and disaster management were deployed to disinfect and clean public areas in and around Old city.
Most of the busiest places in the city, such as Khairatabad X roads, Ameerpet, Lakdi ka Pul junction, GVK One Mall near Banjara Hills, Abids Circle were left with no people as Traffic police officials were seen holding placards which read, "Good citizens support Janata Curfew".
Even usually crowded areas such as JNTU and Kukatpally were seen with no people due to the Janata Curfew. At the same time, passengers unaware of the Janata Curfew were left confused at the Secunderabad Railway station.
People who come out for morning walks, to collect milk and newspaper were not seen as well. People used this occasion of staying at their respective homes, an opportunity to spend some time with their family. People includig the New BJP President of Telangana, Bandi Sanjay was seen having a good time with his family watching television.
Telangana Police officials gathered near the Assembly as a part of the Janata Curfew. Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad, Anjani Kumar on this occassion of Janata Curfew said, "Under the leadership of Chief Minister KCR, a war is being fought against Coronavirus. Both Police and traffic police officials have been deployed at every junction with essential services, we are here to enforce it. GHMC Commissioner, Collector of Hyderabad including me are working together for your safety. A fine example is seen today with the cooperation of the public, who are 99% indoors. This type of cooperation is unprecedented in the history of the country. The equally good cooperation and awareness should be continued. Foreign countries like Italy and Spain, this problem is seen a very serious proportion. But in India and particularly in Telangana, everything is in under control and there is nothing to panic. Essential services like milk services, medical services, people who have traveled from long distances like Bangalore and Vijayawada, we have made special arrangements for them." he added.
Meanwhile, India recorded its 6th death due to coronavirus as two people, a 63-year-old from Mumbai and a 38-year-old from Patna succumbed to death on Sunday. The total number o Positive cases of Coronavirus in India now touch 341 as 280 out of them are Indians.