Indian P M Narendra Modi apologised to the public on Sunday for imposing a 3 week national lockdown, calling it harsh but “needed to win” the battle against the virus pandemic.
Narendra Modi said: I apologise for taking these harsh steps that have caused difficulties in your lives, especially the poor people,” P.M said in his monthly address, broadcast by state radio. “I know some of you will be angry with me. But these tough measures were needed to win this battle.”
The unprecedented lockdown order, which came into effect on Wednesday to keep India’s 1.3 billion people at home for all but essential trips to places like markets or pharmacies, is meant to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus from surging and overwhelming India’s already strained health care system.