EYEAFRICA TV: New Delhi, India: People in India illuminated their buildings nationwide with candles, earthen lamps, and flashlights Sunday evening to demonstrate a resolve in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and salute those battling on the front lines.
At the call of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, people across the country switched off their lights at homes at 21:00 Sunday and lit up candles, mobile flashlights and other lighting items for nine minutes.
People said through this activity they want to salute the medical workers who are devoting themselves on the front lines at this very difficult time.
Some also noted that to effectively curb the spread of the disease, Indian authorities should issue more epidemic control measures aside from holding this kind of activity.
“There are some opinions that there are some other motives for doing this as well. But I think what’s really needed to control the outbreak in India is a lot more – a lot more testing, a lot more relief packages, a lot more spending on health care,” said Basu, head of a local community in New Delhi.
Data from India’s health ministry shows that as of 18:00 Sunday local time, the death toll due to COVID-19 in India had risen to 83 and the total number of confirmed cases in the country had reached 3,577.
Sunday marks the twelfth straight day of an ongoing 21-day lockdown across India announced by the government to contain the spread of the pandemic. Indian authorities have imposed strict restrictions on people’s movement across the country.