"Social distancing must be maintained in all the banks when people go there to withdraw money transferred under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan scheme", said the official citing Modi's advice. He had also announced a "janta curfew" on March 22, a Sunday.
On March 24, he had announced the 21-day nationwide lockdown to check the spread of the deadly virus. "Symbolism is important, but serious thought to ideas and measures is equally important", he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a telephonic conversation with UK's Prince Charles on Thursday and discussed the coronavirus crisis, with the British royal hailing Indian diaspora's role in combating the pandemic.The PM conveyed his condolences for the loss of life in the United Kingdom, the MEA said in a statement. PM Narendra Modi on Friday urged people to switch off the lights at their homes and light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on April 5 to display the country's "collective resolve" to defeat coronavirus.
"PM is trying to convey to the people governments, Prime Minister or chief ministers can not fight this virus alone and people too have to become part of this effort", Kumar added. But please remember, none of us are alone. "The strength of 130 crore Indians is with each one of us", said Prime Minister Modi.
India has recorded a total of 2,301 confirmed covid-19 positive cases as of Friday morning, out of which 2,088 are now active, while 56 have lost their lives so far. The global death toll has crossed 50,000, according to the COVID-19 statistics center at the John Hopkins University. The virus has affected more than 10 lakh people worldwide.
CDC reviews face mask guidelines
Since the beginning of the outbreak, experts across the country have said face masks do little to protect against the disease. The Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned in March that people needed to stop buying masks.