Yesterday PM Modi addressed the whole nation at 8 PM. He took the much necessary decision of announcing lockdown of the entire country for 21 days.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected the country and the lockdown was done as a preventive measure from further spread of the virus. Social distancing should be minimized due to which the lockdown was made necessary.
Just after PM Modi’ speech, we saw people rushing towards grocery stores and hoarding up household items.
He forgot to mention the availability of basic necessities would still be there. It was later through his tweets the situation was made clear. But till then it was too late as people panicked and began stocking up for essential items.
The lockdown was necessary but missing out on this basic and important information made the whole concept of lockdown pointless.
People took it to Twitter and this is what they said:
don’t understand why he couldn’t just SAY IT in the goddamn speech. People are frightened right now.
and no, SAY IT, no subtitles.
— Urooj Ashfaq 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@uroojashfaqq) March 24, 2020
I was shocked to find people in my network actually wondering if grocery and essential supplies won’t be available for 21 days??!
Is the world really so dumb or their hatred for Modi makes them so blind?!
— Sanjay Mehta (@sm63) March 24, 2020
Think he could have been more explicit in his speech about how people get their essentials despite the Lakshman rekha. I know people who absolutely adore Modi, panic and stand outside grocery shops last night! I am still assuring people in my groups that it will be sorted out.
— Smitha Murthy (@SmithaOne) March 25, 2020
People were obviously not prepared for this announcement and since no further comfort was given about the availability of basic necessities, people panicked.
Also people, stop panic buying. Don’t hoard on stuff that you won’t even need. Groceries, milk and other essentials will be available. Step out only when necessary. Please.#CurfewInIndia #StayAtHomeSaveLives #coronaupdatesindia #CoronavirusLockdown #LockdownNow #Coronavirus
— Nidhi C (@nidhicacharla) March 24, 2020
They’ve already done it… There were traffic jams in my area, with ppl standing so close to each other at every shop
— Tushar (@nitttygritties) March 24, 2020
During Mr Modi’s speech yesterday, general public & local shops had no clue about Dos & Donts & if the supplies will be maintained during the next 3 weeks. It resulted in panic to grab & hoard supplies. We need to plan & foresee before closing down things at such short notices.
— Rakesh Arora (@RakeshA91163008) March 25, 2020
By converging around shops, you are risking the spread of COVID-19.
No panic buying please.
Please stay indoors.
I repeat- Centre and State Governments will ensure all essentials are available. https://t.co/bX00az1h7l
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 24, 2020
To All those who Are Still Confused, These Are The Things That Will Be Available During The Lockdown As Well:
— ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2020
So don’t panic, don’t hoard things and don’t go outside.
Stay home, Stay safe!