Light candles, diyas at 9 pm this Sunday to mark coronavirus fight: PM Modi's appeal to nation

Light candles, diyas at 9 pm this Sunday to mark coronavirus fight: PM Modi's appeal to nation

India Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked Indians under lockdown to switch off all lights at home at 9 pm Sunday (April 5) and light candles or diyas -- or use the flashlights on their mobile phones -- to mark the national fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

PM Modi asked his compatriots to do this for nine minutes.

He said another recent show of national solidarity -- the public clapped and banged utensils on March 22 to show appreciation for essential service providers -- was a model being followed by other countries.

PM Modi's comments came during his first address to the nation after declaring a countrywide lockdown in an effort to slow the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

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