Prime Minister Narendra Modi set an example of social distancing during the Union Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Amid the coronavirus lockdown, the top ministers were seen sitting at a distance from each other during the meeting. As soon as the photo surfaced online, people were hailing the prime minister for walking the talk. Social distancing is the only way to stay away from harm’s way. Unlike usual days, when the Cabinet members sit around an oval table during meeting, on Wednesday, all ministers sat at a distance minus the table. The Cabinet meeting was held at the prime minister’s official residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi.
It was this logic that the PM had stressed on while announcing the 21-day lockdown that came into force from March 25 at 12 am. Elsewhere across the nation, squares and circles were drawn on the ground, roads and outside shops to implement social distancing among the thin crowd that had ventured out to buy essential items. During the national broadcast, the PM said that the lockdown was for citizens’ safety and their lives. “No matter what happens, we must stay at home. From Prime Minister to someone living in the village, entire country must adhere to corona lockdown,” PM Modi said. “Practice patience and discipline – jaan hai to jahaan hai,” PM Modi said as he appealed to the citizens on this country. He asked people to think about those doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, pathologists who are risking their lives. (Coronavirus Outbreak Live Updates)