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Coronavirus: 1.3bn Indians in total lockdown

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a nationwide lockdown in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The restrictions took effect at midnight local time (18:30 GMT) and will be enforced for twenty-one days.

“There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes,” Mr. Modi said in a TV address.

He urged people not to panic – but crowds quickly thronged shops in the capital, Delhi, and other cities.

The new measures follow a spike in cases in recent days. There have been 519 confirmed cases across the world’s second most populous country, with ten reported deaths.

India’s 1.3 billion population joins a mounting list of countries that have imposed similar measures.

Globally, nearly 400,000 people have tested positive for the deadly virus, and some 17,000 have died.

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