New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the nation and said that the government has decided to impose a complete lockdown across the country for the next 21 days to control the infection in India, saying that the step is necessary for a decisive battle against the coronavirus outbreak.

In his second address to the nation in less than a week, PM Modi said that the decision will have an economic cost but saving people's lives is of the paramount interest to his government. He said that there will be complete bar on people from stepping outsides their homes and social distancing is the only way to combat the deadly virus that has affected more than 500 people and claimed the lives of ten in the country.

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Here are the top quotes from PM Modi's address to the nation:

From 12 AM tonight there will be a complete lockdown across the country. In the view of the current situation, the nationwide complete lockdown will be in place for 21 days - 3 weeks

* "Jaan hai toh jahan hai (the world exists only when we live)," he said, recalling a Hindi idiom to stress on the significance of his appeal.

If we are not able to manage the upcoming 21 days (of nationwide complete lockdown), we will be pushed back 21 years

* You have to remember that a Coronavirus infected person initially appears to be normal and doesn't show symptoms. So maintain precautions and stay at home

* Today India is at the stage where our actions today, will decide that to what extent we can bring down the impact of this disaster. This is the time to strengthen our resolve again and again 

* Rs 15,000 crore allotted for coronavirus testing facilities, PPEs, ICUs, Ventilators and training medical workers

We are taking all steps to ensure continuous supply of essential commodities

While staying at home, remember and pray for people who are working while putting their lives at risk. Remember the doctors, nurses, paramedics, pathologists who are working day and night to save lives, hospital admn, ambulance drivers, ward boys, serving others in these tough times

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* Pray for people who are working to sanitise your society and neigbourhoods, roads and public places to ensure complete eradication of the virus. You must also think about the media persons who are working 24 hours, by staying on roads and going to hospitals, to give you correct info

Lockdown of 21 days is a long time, but this is important for you and your family's safety. I believe that every Indian will not only successfully tackle this challenge but also emerge victorious in this time of crisis

All essential services to continue and remain functional. List of essential services remains unchanged since the March 22nd 'Janta Curfew'

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma