By Anjana Pasricha
VOA News
March 24, 2020

NEW DELHI - India imposed a three-week nationwide lockdown from midnight on Tuesday, banning people from leaving their homes as it scrambled to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus in the country.

Affecting 1.3 billion people, it will be world’s largest lockdown announced since the coronavirus pandemic began its march in countries across the globe.

In a televised address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told citizens that the lockdown should be viewed as a type of curfew. “The only way to save ourselves from coronavirus is if we don’t leave our homes; whatever happens, we stay at home,” he emphasized.

It was his second address to the nation in a week. Pointing out that the infection spreads like wildfire, the Indian leader warned: “If we don't handle these 21 days well, then our country, your family will go backwards by 21 years." ……

For more, read: https://www.voanews.com/science-health/coronavirus-outbreak/india-goes-complete-lockdown-combat-coronavirus

 


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