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.