Coronavirus: India enters ‘total lockdown’ after spike in cases

Lines of people hoping to buy food, like this one outside a grocery store in Mumbai, became a common sight across India.
Source: Atul Loke/The New York Times

Date Published: March 25, 2020

Source: BBC

Following a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in India, a 21-day nationwide lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to slow the spread of coronavirus. This new measure includes a ban of venturing out of homes and closure of all non-essential businesses. These curfews are strictly enforced, with violators facing heavy fines and up to 2 years in prison. Fearing imminent shortages, people in Delhi and Mumbai flocked to shops and pharmacies to stock up on the essentials. Mr. Modi reassured that the government will ensure the availability of supplies and asked the public to stay home and avoid panic buying as these mass gatherings risk the spread of COVID-19.

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