- Following Spain and Italy’s show of gratitude to their nations’ healthcare workers, India offered their thanks on Sunday.
- Across the country, the citizens heeded the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to thank their nation’s front-liners — all while in quarantine.
- Several Indians applauded and cheered, while others blew conch shells and rang bells from their windows, balconies, and doorways.
Healthcare workers deserve all the support we can give — as well as our appreciation and gratitude.
So the citizens of India joined in solidarity on Sunday and heeded the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to thank their nation’s front-liners — all while in quarantine.
Expressed gratitude to all #essentialservices: doctors, nurses, paramedics, swacchta personnel, drivers, delivery riders, police, media, banks, postal/courier services, for standing by the nation at this time of #CoronavirusPandemic #JantaCurfew pic.twitter.com/APcGJ1Ofr1— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) March 22, 2020
The 14-day quarantine in India was proposed by Modi during a national address on Thursday.
According to Johns Hopkins University, coronavirus has infected 376 in India, of which 7 have died, as of late Sunday local time.
Several Indians applauded and cheered from their windows, balconies, and doorways at 5 p.m. (8:30 a.m. ET).
Some residents blew conch shells while others rang bells. Across the country, residents of apartment complexes joined in on the cheering.
Gratitude spread all over India.
In the New Delhi capital, President Ram Nath Kovind and senior ministers from Modi’s Cabinet gave a standing ovation.
STANDING OVATION to lakhs of #coronawarriors who are selflessly leading the battle against #coronavirus— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) March 22, 2020
These are our heroes who're risking their lives so we all #StaySafe
Deepest gratitude to @narendramodi ji who has inspired each citizen to follow #socialdistancing pic.twitter.com/qM2jJ1PIuV
Soldiers from the Indian army also dedicated several minutes to offer a round of applause.
Celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan also gave thanks to the nation’s coronavirus warriors.
T 3478 – Historic .. we are ONE .. and we have WON !— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 22, 2020
“शंख बजे औ ताल बजे , औ बजी है गणपत आरती,
अद्भुत दृश्य सुना विश्व नें
हम उत्तम उज्ज्वल भारती“ ~ AB
At 5pm March 22nd the entire nation came out & applauded
NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS ! PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN – JAI HIND pic.twitter.com/Kb07wsVxew
Modi thanked everyone’s overwhelming response on Sunday evening via Twitter.
“The country thanked each person who led the fight against the coronavirus. Many thanks to the countrymen… This is not only the sound of gratitude, but also the beginning of a long fight where we will attain victory. Let us, with this determination and resolve bind ourselves in social distancing,” he wrote.