One year of curfew: When the nation came together to thwart Covid-19


One year of curfew, a 14-hour-long Janata Curfew was imposed in the wake of rising coronavirus cases in the country. The curfew would pave the way for a 21-day nationwide lockdown that would be extended till May 31, 2020.

Here is a look back at some of the events that took place a year ago.

One year of curfew

At 5 pm on March 22, 2020, all citizens stood on their doorways, balconies or windows, and clap their hands or ring their bells in appreciation for the professionals delivering these essential services.

Covid-19 status: March 22, 2020 vs March 22, 2021

State/UT Confirmed Cases Recovered cases Deaths
YEAR 2020     –     2021 2020     –     2021 2020     –     2021
Maharashtra 67          2,449,147 0           2,203,553 2                 53,300

One year of curfew At the end of the Janata Curfew, PM Narendra Modi served notice of a lengthy battle against Covid-19 and more measures to contain and isolate its spread when he thanked people for responding to his call to observe a ‘Janata curfew’ and signal empathy with frontline workers by clapping, ringing bells or banging ‘thalis’ for five minutes at 5 pm on Sunday. He emphasized his call for social distancing and stay-at-home advice through multiple tweets as he urged people not to start celebrating the end of ‘Janata curfew’ and instead asked them to gear up for a long battle that could only be won if people stayed united and committed.

One year of curfew

Modi tweeted, “Today’s Janata curfew may get over at 9 pm but that doesn’t mean we should start celebrating. Do not consider it a success. This is the beginning of a long fight. Today, countrymen have declared that we are capable, if we decide, we can beat the biggest challenge together.”

One year of curfew

One year of curfew Before the imposition of Janata Curfew, there were 13 states and Union territories where coronavirus pandemic was yet to spread. In the coming months, the virus would spread as far away as Andaman and Nicobar Islands, killing over 1,59,000 people.