Fight against COVID-19: India lights up lamps to support PM Modi’s ‘9pm-9min’ call

People across the country switched off the lights and came forward to light diyas, candles, mobile lights and flashlights on PM Modi’s appeal to fight the darkness spread by COVID-19 pandemic.

People not only observed 9-min blackout but also burst firecrackers and cheered to show their support.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a video message on Friday urged people across India to switch off lights of their homes on April 5 at 9 pm for nine minutes and light up candles, lamps or mobile flashlights to mark country’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

He also said people should maintain social distancing and not form groups while lighting up lamps or candles.

Several politicians and senior leaders light up candles to show the country’s collective resolve to fight COVID-19.

President Kovind with the First Lady and members of the family joined fellow citizens in demonstrating collective solidarity and positivity by lighting candles at 9 PM.

“He expressed his gratitude towards every Indian for showing resolve & resilience in the fight against COVID-19,” President’s office tweeted.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu lauds people of the country for their good response in lighting candles and lamps.

“They have once again re-asserted the country’s steely resolve to fight COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“Joining the citizens across the country, the Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu and his spouse Smt. Ushamma lit lamps at Uparashtrapati Bhavan at 9 pm tonight,” Vice President’s office tweeted.