Published On: Tue, Mar 24th, 2020

India coronavirus lockdown: PM Modi orders 1.3billion citizens to stay at home for 21 days | UK | News


Prime Minister Modi has announced starting at midnight tonight, the country will be required to spend 21 days on lockdown.

On Twitter Mr Modi said: “Tonight from 12 o’clock across the country, the entire lockdown is going to happen.”

In a televised address he added: “There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes.”

India has so far reported 482 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and nine deaths.

Health researchers have warned that more than a million people in India could be infected with the coronavirus by mid-May, prompting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to shut down all air and train travel, businesses and schools.

Already health officials said the virus was spreading out of big Indian cities where it first appeared into the small towns that dot the landscape.

A health official in the western state of Maharashtra who declined to be identified, saying he was not authorised to speak to journalists, said: “This trend is worrying as rural areas have limited infrastructure to deal with the outbreak.”

More than 377,300 people have been infected by the coronavirus globally and 16,520 have died as of today.

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