Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked people for expressing their gratitude towards those who are at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus outbreak.
"The country thanked each person who led the fight against the Coronavirus. Many thanks to the countrymen," Modi wrote on Twitter.
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.
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.
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 out bells.
The clanging sounds rang in the air across India as the clock struck five and people came out in balconies, lawns and terraces following the appeal by PM Modi.
People were seen clapping and clanging their utensils. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also rang the bell in Gorakhpur.
Minutes before 5 PM, PM Modi took two Twitter and reminded the people to come out on the balconies to express gratitude to the people working round the clock against COVID-19.
The nation is observing 'Janta Curfew' today after the Prime Minister on Thursday laid emphasis on individual 'determination' and "restraint through social distancing" in fighting the global pandemic and called for 'Janta Curfew' on March 22 to prepare for challenges of the future.
(With PTI Inputs)