Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a complete nationwide lockdown in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 or coronavirus in the country, starting from midnight March 24 for 21 days.
PM Modi said “This lockdown will be strictly imposed in every village and every lane. According to health experts, 21 days are necessary to break the cycle of coronavirus. If these 21 days are not observed as a lockdown, it will take us back 21 years.”
Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines for the 21-day lockdown:
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued guidelines on the 21-day nationwide lockdown in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 on Tuesday. Listing the establishments that will mandatorily remain closed during the lockdown, the ministry also listed the exemptions of some items including grocery and ration shops, petrol pumps, banks, ATMs, etc.
— ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2020
There are more than 500 positive coronavirus cases in India as the time of writing including 10 deaths. The total cases of coronavirus stand over 3,98,000 throughout the globe including more than 17,000 deaths.