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PIX: India breaks into applause for heroes fighting Covid

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
Last updated on: March 22, 2020 21:19 IST
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IMAGE: Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan along with family members clap as a gesture to show gratitude to the helpers and medical practitioners who are working relentlessly to fight coronavirus during Janta curfew, in Mumbai, on Sunday. Photograph: PTI Photo

The air reverberated with a medley of sounds on Sunday evening as people across the country rang bells, blew conches and clapped to express appreciation for medical and other staff who are on the frontline of the battle against the Coronavirus.

WATCH: PM Modi's mother clangs a utensil at her residence in Gujarat

 

IMAGE: People clap and clang utensils in Bikaner, on Sunday. Photograph: PTI Photo

From children to the elderly, common people to VIPs, all came out in balconies, lawns and terrace of their homes as the clock struck five, following an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show gratitude to doctors, paramedics, police and other personnel associated with essential services when the country was observing an unprecedented 'Janta Curfew' on Sunday to check the spread of the virus.

 

IMAGE: People clap and clang utensils in Tezpur. Photograph: PTI Photo

Many took positions with their choice of instruments, including metal plates or whatever kitchen utensils they could get, while some played the sounds of conches and bells on their phones and music systems. Police sirens were also heard at India Gate and in other parts of the national capital.

IMAGE: People show gratitude to the helpers and medical practitioners who are working relentlessly to fight coronavirus during Janta curfew, in Thane, on Sunday. Photograph: PTI Photo

Prime Minister Modi thanked the people for the gesture.

IMAGE: People show their appreciation for essential service providers in Bhopal. Photograph: PTI Photo

Taking to Twitter, he said it is an expression of gratitude by the people and also the sound of the bugle declaring the first success in the long battle ahead.

IMAGE: Women clang utensils in Mumbai. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo

'With this resolve and patience, let's restrict (social distancing) ourselves as part of this long battle,' Modi tweeted in Hindi with the hashtag 'Jantacurfew'.

IMAGE: People come out in their balconies to clap responding to PM Modi's call on Sunday. Photograph: Kamal Kishore/PTI Photo

Earlier, he had reminded people to express their gratitude towards those who have been at the forefront of combating coronavirus, and extending essential services without fearing for their safety.

IMAGE: Children also participated in the exercise. A young girl clangs a utensil in Ghaziabad. Photograph: PTI Photo

In his address to the nation on Thursday, he had lauded the hard work of medical professionals, sanitation staff, airline crews, delivery persons and media personnel among others.

IMAGE: Children and other people clap and blow conch shells in Kolkata. Photograph: Swapan Mahapatra/PTI Photo

Modi had asked people to express gratitude to them by giving them a five-minute standing ovation at 5 pm on Sunday by clapping hands, beating plates or ringing bells.

IMAGE: A woman with a little girl beats a drum in her balcony in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad. Photograph: Vijay Verma/PTI Photo

Top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including its president J P Nadda, Union ministers like Rajnath Singh and Dharmendra Pradhan, and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla participated along with their family members and staff.

IMAGE: Residents of building in Mumbai. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath rang a bell while his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar along with the staff and security personnel deployed at his residence were beating 'thalis'.

IMAGE: People come out in their balconies in New Delhi. Photograph: Kamal Singh/PTI Photo

In Chennai, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami joined his cabinet colleagues and top officials who clapped to show their appreciation for doctors, paramedics, sanitary and health department personnel.

Neighbourhoods erupted with the sounds of conch shells, brass bells, steel utensils and even firecrackers as the clock struck five on Sunday.

IMAGE: People clap and clang utensils in an Ahmedabad neighbourhood. Photograph: PTI Photo

Although the Twitter trend was '#Diwali', it wasn't that.

After spending a long quiet day indoor as part of the 'Janta Curfew', people took to Twitter to share their '5baje5minute' moments, as suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, to express their gratitude towards medical professionals, sanitation workers and other essential service providers who are at the forefront of the country's fight against coronavirus.

IMAGE: People cheer for emergency personnel and sanitation workers in Mumbai. Photograph: Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters

A Twitter user, Prerna, posted a video from her terrace clapping and saying, 'As promised! It's 5 PM AND I AM HERE :) It's like Diwali :) GOD BLESS US ALL AND MAY WE ALL LIVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY LIFE!'

IMAGE: Residents of Radhnagar, Dombivali-East in Mumbai show appreciation for emergency service providers. Photograph: Shubham Nagle

The video showed almost her entire neighbourhood beating steel plates or clapping outside their homes.

IMAGE: A man blows a conch shell in Currey Road, Mumbai. Photograph: Sahil Salvi

Another user, Naman Mehta, thanked the prime minister while sharing a video from Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

IMAGE: Residents clap and bang utensils from their balconies in Mumbai. Photograph: Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters

'Enjoying curfew with 130 others. Thank you @narendramodi Ji It for a moment it was even better than many festivals. I've never seen my whole neighbourhood coming out together even during holidays Diwali but it was good (sic),' he posted.

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