India locks down 1.3 billion people

A pedestrian using a handkerchief as a facemask walks past graffiti raising awareness about the pandemic, in Mumbai, on March 23, 2020. AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday the government would impose a nationwide lockdown from midnight for 21 days to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

“There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes,” Modi said in a televised address.

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


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