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People unite against COVID-19: ‘Janata Curfew’ evokes total response

People unite against COVID-19: ‘Janata Curfew’ evokes total response

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 March 2020 4:30 AM GMT

Correspondents

TINSUKIA: Prime Minister’s clarion call to observe ‘Public Curfew’ on Sunday evoked overwhelming response from the public in Tinsukia district. The entire GNB Road and its adjoining lanes, hitherto the site of biggest Sunday vegetable market, wore a deserted look. The tradersm mostly from far-flung areas of the district, including Sadiya and Golaghat, used to bring their agricultural produce for several hundred buyers of Tinsukia town and continue their trade since early morning till dusk on all Sundays. All public transport, including inter-State buses, were off the road.

Though the public heaved a sigh of relief after ICMR-RMRC in Lahowal (Dibrugarh) declared a minor girl COVID-19 negative, who had earlier tested positive for coronavirus in JMCH, the public are of the opinion that such janata curfew should be enforced for a longer period intermittently.

JORHAT: The response to the Janata Curfew from 7 am to 9 pm on Sunday was total in Jorhat. Apart from hawkers, milkmen, mediapersons, ambulance services and police personnel, no other people were seen on the road, said Palit Kumar Bora, the chairman of Assam Agriculture and Marketing Board.

Curfew was also total in Majuli island. Naam and other religious meets were cancelled as people extended support to the move to combat the outbreak of COVID-19. In the border areas between Assam-Nagaland, the curfew was total and there was no vehicular movement, said an official from the Border Police Outpost.

MORIGAON: The janata curfew evoked total response in Morigaon town. Responding to the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, people remained indoors, streets wore as deserted look as vehicles were off the road and business establishments remained closed. Generally during bandhs called by various organizations, tea sellers are always seen on the road selling tea and betel nut, but not a single tea seller was seen in Morigaon town on Sunday.

TANGLA: The roads wore a deserted look in Tangla, Kalaigaon, Udalguri, Orang, Rowta, Mazbat and Khoirabari of Udalguri diatrict on Sunday as the people remained indoors for observation of the dawn-to-dusk janata curfew responding to Prime Minister Modi’s appeal to all citizens to stay indoors from 7am till 9pm on March 22 to reduce the risk of spreading the deadly coronavirus. All kinds of vehicular movement were off the road and shops and business establishments were closed. “We have to be in quarantine period for at least some time till the health officials declare that there is no more threat from the virus looming large over the people,” said Narjuma Begum, a resident of the town.

“Janata Curfew is a welcome step and should be extended at least for a fortnight as social isolation and remaining indoors is the only measure to fight this catastrophic virus which has emerged as a global challenge,” said Safdar Khan, the secretary of Tangla Bara Masjid, who urged devotees to offer namaz at home instead of visiting the masjids.

The IQAC Cell and Science Forum of Tangla College also undertook an awareness programme in the streets of the Tangla town recently where use of hand sanitizers and personnel hygiene was encouraged. As per the request of Prime Minister Modi on Sunday evening, people also clapped and rang bells to admire the emergency personnel and sanitation workers who are in the frontline in the fight against COVID-19.

LAKHIMPUR: Extending full support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to prevent the further spread of coronavirus pandemic by maintaining social distance, the people of Lakhimpur district carried out a comprehensive Janata Curfew on Sunday. People remained inside their homes imposing the public curfew by themselves. During the stipulated hours, they abstained from public gathering and going out on the road. Private and public vehicle remained off the road. Similarly, the railway services in the district, along with other adjacent areas, were also cancelled as per the decision taken by the Railway Department.

On the other hand, most of the people of the district came out to their doorsteps at 5 pm to convey heartfelt gratitude to doctors, medical, para-medical staff and other persons who are rendering their sincere services in the fight against the fatal COVID-19. People were seen conveying their gratitude by clapping hands, blowing conch as well as following traditional rituals.

Haflong: With the rest of the nation, the people of Dima Hasao responded to the Prime Minister’s call for Janata Curfew on Sunday from 7 am to 9 pm by observing it spontaneously. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to all the citizens to observe Janata Curfew from 7 am to 9 pm and to offer gratitude to healthcare officials who are working day and night for the protection of the people from coronavirus at 5 pm by clapping, blowing sirens and beating drums and utensils.

People kept themselves confined in their respective homes, except all the health workers and people involved in essential services. In the evening at 5 pm, all people, irrespective of caste and creed, came out in the balconies and doorsteps to clap and bang utensils. Meanwhile, the Janata Curfew has been extended up to 8 am on Monday.

DEMOW: People of Demow and its surrounding areas observed the Janata Curfew on Sunday. On Saturday, people were seen buying essential items and on Sunday, the streets wore a deserted look. People stayed indoors and all business establishments remained closed. Vehicles did not ply on the road. Even newspaper hawkers did not distribute newspapers in the morning. At 5 pm, people were seen clapping and banging utensils to show their gratitude to the medical workers and police personnel who are rendering their service in the fight against COVID-19. Awareness camps on coronavirus (COVID-19) are going on since the past few days.

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