India’s 1.38 billion people quarantined, PM Modi announces complete lock down for 21 days

The global confirmed coronavirus cases have crossed 390,000 as of March 24.

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India's 1.3 billion people will go under "total lockdown" from midnight Tuesday, 24th March for 21 days to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

In a virtual and live address to the nation, posted on his social media channels, Modi said that the ban will be active on everyone in the country for 21 days.

Talking about the infection rate of the new coronavirus, he emphasised the inability of developed nations around the world to effectively curb infections despite the use of state-of-the-art healthcare systems and resources owing to the high infection rate of the virus. Modi said that the ray of hope in the pandemic arises out of the examples of those nations which have successfully curbed or controlled the infections. The global confirmed cases have crossed 390,000 as of March 24. 

"We can only be safe from the coronavirus if we stay within the boundaries of our home," Modi said in his address to the nation on Tuesday evening. He said that based on health experts, a minimum 21-day cycle is crucial in breaking the cycle of infections, adding, "If we are not able to manage for the next 21 days, then many families will be destroyed forever." 

"We are making efforts to make sure daily life remains undisturbed otherwise," he added. Modi said that the seamless supply of essential products and services have continued and will continue. Talking about widespread misinformation Modi urged people to only get information from credible sources with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 519 on Tuesday, according to Health Ministry data. According to the figures updated at 5.45 pm, the number of active COVID-19 cases are 470 while 40 people have been cured, discharged or migrated

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