India To Turn Off Lights For 9 Minutes Tonight On PMs COVID-19 Appeal

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New Delhi:

Twelve days into a total lockdown to control the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, India will turn off lights for nine minutes at 9 pm tonight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Friday morning and gave a call for unity to “fight the darkness of coronavirus pandemic”.

In a video message on Friday, PM Modi made an appeal to the nation: “On April 5, Sunday, at 9 pm, I want 9 minutes from all of you. Turn off all the lights in your homes, stand at your doors or balconies and light candles, diya (lamp) or mobile flashlights for 9 minutes.”

“No one is alone during the lockdown, the collective superpower of 130 crore Indians is with every citizen,” he said. This was his third address to the nation on coronavirus that has been spreading fast across the world and has infected over a million people, killed over 50,000. In India, the COVID-19 count has crossed the 3,000-mark on Saturday, with the number of deaths rising to 77.

This morning, he tweeted: “#9pm9minute”. 

On Saturday, as the state electricity boards expressed concern that sudden mass power fluctuations – when millions turn off light at the same time – could lead to power surges, Union Power Ministry issued a statement to allay fears.

There is no call to switch off street lights, computers or appliances such as TV sets, fans, refrigerators and air-conditioners in the homes, the government said.

“Only lights should be switched off. The lights in hospitals and all other essential services like public utilities, municipal services, offices, police stations, manufacturing facilities, etc will remain on…” the statement read.

Several state power boards have asked their workers to be on stand-by on Sunday evening with necessary back-up to handle the adverse impact, if any, during or after the voluntary blackout. 

After PM’s video message on Thursday, several opposition leaders had attacked the government over its handling of the outbreak. “India is simply not testing enough to fight the #Covid19 virus. Making people clap & shining torches in the sky isn’t going to solve the problem,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted. Among others to criticise the government were Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and Trinamool Congress’s Mahua Moitra. 

However, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has supported PM’s call for expressing national solidarity. “For 9 mins tomorrow at 9PM, I urge everyone in Andhra Pradesh to ignite a spark of hope; to cast away the darkness looming over us with the infinite power of light. Together we will emerge out of the #COVID19Pandemic stronger, more resilient & united. @narendramod,” he tweeted last night. 

Thanking him, PM Modi wrote: “Thank you @ysjagan Ji. This support is extremely valuable and will further the spirit of togetherness! #IndiaFightsCorona.” 

Last night, PM Modi also retweeted messages several posts by celebrities, including filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, who said they will light diyas tonight at 9 pm. 

PM Modi’s latest call comes two weeks after millions across the country observed a 14-hour self-quarantine – dubbed as “Janata Curfew” – on his appeal. The “Janata Curfew” was billed as one of the biggest national exercises in the world. The same evening, people across the country – including celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan – were seen in their balconies clapping, cheering for health workers as a part of “Janata Cufew” call.

World

12,03,041Cases

8,91,400Active

2,46,848Recovered

64,793Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 181 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 12,03,041 and 64,793 have died; 8,91,400 are active cases and 2,46,848 have recovered as on April 5, 2020 at 9:27 am.

India

3,374 472Cases

3,030 380Active

267 83Recovered

77 9Deaths

In India, there are 3,374 confirmed cases including 77 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,030 and 267 have recovered as on April 5, 2020 at 9:00 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

Mumbai173

Pune51

Mumbai Suburban41

Sangli24

Nagpur15

Thane14

Ahmednagar11

Raigad5

Palghar5

Buldhana4

Yavatmal4

Satara2

Kolhapur1

Jalgaon1

Nashik1

Aurangabad1

Ratnagiri1

Gondia1

Sindhudurg1

Details Awaited*134

490

472

42

24

DistrictCases

Chennai48

Coimbatore33

Tirunelveli28

Erode25

Namakkal17

Dindigul13

Madurai11

Theni10

Karur9

Tiruppur8

Thiruvarur6

Kanniyakumari5

Salem5

Sivaganga5

Virudhunagar4

Thoothukudi4

Kanchipuram3

Ramanathapuram2

Vellore2

The Nilgiris1

Ariyalur1

Tiruvannamalai1

Tiruchirappalli1

Details Awaited*243

485 74

482 75

6

3 1

DistrictCases

South77

South West14

West10

East9

North West9

South East9

North East8

North6

Central4

New Delhi3

Shahdara2

Details Awaited*294

445

436

15

6

DistrictCases

Kasaragod54

Kannur25

Ernakulam18

Pathanamthitta14

Kozhikode6

Malappuram6

Thiruvananthapuram6

Thrissur5

Idukki3

Kottayam3

Palakkad3

Alappuzha2

Kollam1

Wayanad1

Details Awaited*159

306 11

259 3

49 8

2

DistrictCases

Hyderabad55

Warangal Urban12

Medchal Malkajgiri9

Ranga Reddy7

Karimnagar5

Mahabubnagar4

Kamareddy4

Bhadradri Kothagudem4

Nalgonda3

Sangareddy2

Nizamabad2

Jogulamba Gadwal2

Suryapet1

Mulugu1

Nagarkurnool1

Jangoan1

Mahabubabad1

Medak1

Details Awaited*154

269 110

244 79

32 31

7

DistrictCases

Gautam Buddha Nagar28

Meerut12

Agra11

Lucknow7

Ghaziabad6

Baghpat2

Moradabad2

Bareilly1

Ghazipur1

Jaunpur1

Kanpur Nagar1

Kheri1

Pilibhit1

Varanasi1

Shamli1

Details Awaited*151

227 53

210 53

19

2

DistrictCases

Jaipur35

Bhilwara23

Jodhpur14

Tonk9

Jhunjhunu8

Churu6

Ajmer5

Dungarpur3

Bharatpur2

Pratapgarh2

Sikar1

Udaipur1

Jaisalmer1

Pali1

Alwar1

Dholpur1

Dausa1

Details Awaited*86

200

179

21

0

DistrictCases

Visakhapatnam3

Krishna2

Chittoor1

East Godavari1

Guntur1

Spsr Nellore1

Prakasam1

Details Awaited*151

161

161

1

1

DistrictCases

Bengaluru Urban38

Mysuru11

Uttar Kannad9

Chikballapur9

Dakshin Kannad4

Kalaburagi3

Udupi3

Bengaluru Rural2

Davangere2

Chitradurga1

Dharwad1

Kodagu1

Tumakuru1

Details Awaited*59

144 16

136 17

12

4 1

DistrictCases

Ahmadabad32

Surat10

Gandhinagar9

Vadodara9

Rajkot7

Bhavnagar4

Porbandar3

Gir Somnath2

Kachchh1

Mahesana1

Botad1

Details Awaited*26

105

101

14

10

DistrictCases

Indore66

Jabalpur7

Ujjain5

Bhopal4

Gwalior2

Shivpuri2

Details Awaited*18

104

110

0

6

DistrictCases

Srinagar17

Bandipora11

Badgam7

Udhampur4

Jammu3

Rajauri3

Baramulla2

Pulwama2

Shopian2

Details Awaited*41

92 17

90 16

4 1

2

DistrictCases

Kolkata15

Nadia5

Hooghly4

24 Paraganas North3

Medinipur East3

24 Paraganas South2

Howrah2

Medinipur West1

Details Awaited*34

69

62

10 7

3

DistrictCases

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar18

S.a.s Nagar9

Hoshiarpur5

Jalandhar5

Amritsar2

Ludhiana2

Patiala1

Details Awaited*15

57

61

1

5

DistrictCases

Gurugram25

Faridabad6

Panipat4

Sirsa3

Panchkula2

Ambala1

Hisar1

Sonipat1

Palwal1

Details Awaited*5

49

25

24

0

DistrictCases

Patna5

Munger4

Saharsa2

Begusarai1

Lakhisarai1

Nalanda1

Siwan1

Details Awaited*15

30

31

0

1

DistrictCases

Marigaon2

Karimganj1

Nalbari1

Details Awaited*20

24

24

0

0

DistrictCases

Dehradun6

Pauri Garhwal1

Details Awaited*15

22 6

20 6

2

0

DistrictCases

Khordha3

Details Awaited*17

20 15

20 15

0

0

DistrictCases

Chandigarh16

Details Awaited*2

18

18

0

0

DistrictCases

Leh Ladakh11

Kargil2

Details Awaited*1

14

4

10 7

0

DistrictCases

North And Middle Andaman7

South Andamans3

10

10

0

0

DistrictCases

Raipur4

Bilaspur1

Durg1

Rajnandgaon1

Details Awaited*2

9

6

3

0

DistrictCases

North Goa2

South Goa1

Details Awaited*4

7

7

0

0

DistrictCases

Kangra3

Details Awaited*3

6

6

1

1

DistrictCases

Mahe1

Details Awaited*4

5

4

1

0

DistrictCases

Details Awaited*2

2

2

0

0

DistrictCases

Imphal West1

Details Awaited*1

2

2

0

0

1

1

0

0

DistrictCases

Details Awaited*1

1

1

0

0

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