New Delhi: India observed a “janata curfew” as millions of citizens including sports persons stayed at home on Sunday, between 7 am and 9 pm to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the country on Thursday (March 19) and informed them of the curfew set for Sunday, March 22 amid the deadly COVID-19 outbreak.
Batting great Sachin Tendulkar and Olympic medalist PV Sindhu also took part in the janta curfew and supported the cause.
Today India came together even while staying in our homes.
While we are at home there are many who are selflessly performing their duties.
Thank you to each one of you for putting us before yourself.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 22, 2020
— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) March 22, 2020
Indian men’s hockey coach Sjoerd Marjine also posted a video of all the players clapping at their training centre in Bengaluru.
Here’s a grand round of applause for the spirit of an undying togetherness from our #IndianEves, clapping in solidarity for a better tomorrow! 👏🇮🇳
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) March 22, 2020
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to share his gratitude.”A big Salute to all the warriors who are working tirelessly .May this pass soon and may there be peace, peace and peace. Om Shanti Shantih,” he tweeted.
Former India captain and coach Anil Kumble also took to Twitter to express his thanks.
“Thank you to all the heroes who are helping us in fighting COVID-19. Let us stay strong and continue our fight,” he tweeted.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 22, 2020
Star wrestler Bajrang Punia also tweeted with a video of claps and bells reverberating in his locality. “I thank all the health-care workers and all the people in the frontline fighting COVID-19. You are the real heroes I salute you,” he said in a tweet.
I thank all the health-care workers and all the people in the frontline fighting COVID-19. You are the real heroes I salute you 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/U9FxPpJCup
— Bajrang Punia 🇮🇳 (@BajrangPunia) March 22, 2020
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and star sprinter Hima Das also chipped in as they were also seen clapping from the SAI centre in Patiala. Wrestler Vinesh Phogat also posted a video of her mother beating a steel plate with a spoon.
Thank you all the doctors, nurses, caregivers, armed forces, support staff, airport staff & everyone else out there working relentlessly for us in these difficult times. #IndiaFightsCorona 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Uh5je9dBtf
— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) March 22, 2020