Over 1.3 billion people will go under "total lockdown" from today for three weeks as India looks to contain the spread of coronavirus. The drastic measure was needed to "save its every citizen, you, your family... every street, every neighbourhood" from the virus, the PM Modi said, warning that India was at a critical stage where even a single misstep could will put the county "backwards by 21 years".
There is "absolutely no need to panic", centre and states are working to ensure that essential supplies are not disrupted, he said, adding that his government had set aside Rs 15,000 crore to strengthen the health infrastructure to tackle coronavirus.
India has more than 500 coronavirus cases. 10 people have died. Experts worry that without stringent measures like social distancing and quarantine, the virus will take on frightening proportions the world's second most populous nation.