India's prime minister orders country to lock down amid coronavirus

Source: The Hill | March 24, 2020 | J. Edward Moreno

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered citizens not to leave their homes starting at midnight local time to combat the spread of COVID-19. 

“To save India, every citizen of India is being banned from 12 o’clock tonight, on exiting homes, completely,” Modi said in a series of tweets Tuesday.

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The shutdown will be enforced for the next 21 days, Modi said. Like many other large countries, provinces in India have enacted varying levels of lockdowns and curfews.

As U.S. health officials have also noted, Modi said that the lockdown is an effort to ensure the country’s limited medical resources do not run out during the pandemic. 

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