BCCI President Sourav Ganguly came forward and urged the citizens of India to follow the 21-day lockdown that has been imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with effect from the midnight of Wednesday.
"To my fellow countrymen, to the citizens around the world. These are very testing times in our lives and we will fight it. Listen to what every state government says, listen to what every state government says, listen to the directives of the central government as they say it is important to stay at home, isolation is very very important. Be safe and be healthy and most importantly be sensible don't try out things, don't feel that nothing is gonna happen to you because when it comes, you will have nowhere to go", said Ganguly in a video that was posted by him on his official Twitter handle.
Amid the rising Coronavirus cases in India, PM Modi, on Tuesday, announced a 21-day curfew throughout India starting at midnight on Tuesday. He said that 21 days were necessary for breaking the transmission cycle of the pandemic. The 21-day curfew is applicable to all states, districts, and villages - irrespective of whether they are currently under curfew or not. Currently, India's positive cases stand over 520, with ten deaths.
"From midnight 12 across the country, there will be countrywide lockdown in India. Complete restriction of leaving out from the residence. All districts, village will be locked down. This is curfew only -a stricter curfew than janta curfew. We have to bear economic consequences because of this. But to save every Indian's life at this time is my and the government's responsibility," said PM Modi.
He added, "I appeal to you with folded hands that wherever you are in the nation now, stay there only. Looking at the present situation, the lockdown will be for 21 days - 3 weeks. Coming 21 days is very crucial for families and citizens. As per experts, 21 days is needed minimum for breaking the cycle. If 21 days not handled, then the country and your family will go back to 21 years behind."