New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm on Tuesday on the coronavirus outbreak.
"Will address the nation at 8 PM today, 24th March 2020, on vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19," Modi tweeted.
वैश्विक महामारी कोरोना वायरस के बढ़ते प्रकोप के संबंध में कुछ महत्वपूर्ण बातें देशवासियों के साथ साझा करूंगा। आज, 24 मार्च रात 8 बजे देश को संबोधित करूंगा।Will address the nation at 8 PM today, 24th March 2020, on vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 24, 2020
He had addressed the nation on efforts to combat the virus on March 19, and asked people to show their appreciation for medical and essential workers by clapping for them for five minutes at 5pm on Sunday from their balconies. Hundreds, however, ended up gathering in streets in several cities, beating plates and blowing conch shells, despite restrictions imposed in view of 'Janata Curfew' to arrest the spread of the virus.
Nearly 500 coronavirus cases have been reported in India so far, according to Health Ministry data on Tuesday.
As cases of the viral infection surged, authorities have put almost the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31.