"Will address the nation at 8pm today on the vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19", Modi said in a tweet.
The PM asked India Inc to allow employees to work from home and not to cut down on workforce in spite of the pandemic's negative impact on their businesses.
PM Modi also said the media played a praise-worthy role in disseminating information to every corner of the nation, pointing out that the reach of the network is pan-India and spread across cities and villages. Some announcement on second edition of "Janata curfew" can also be expected.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to state governments to ensure that rules and regulations of the coronavirus lockdown are enforced strictly as he noted that many people were not following the measures seriously.
In his last address on the virus outbreak, PM Modi had called for "resolve and restraint" to fight the disease. They informed Mr Modi about the steps being taken by them to maintain supply lines of essential items and medical equipment including ventilators, assistance in creation of isolation wards, utilization of CSR funds for combating COVID-19 and provision of assistance to migrant labour. On Wednesday, he will interact with people of Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency, on the pandemic.
The alarming spike in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the country has led to complete lockdown in 560 districts across 32 states and Union Territories, with Punjab, Maharashtra and Puducherry announcing curfew as people continued to violate the restrictions during the lockdown. As cases of the viral infection surged, authorities have put nearly the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31.