India Locks Down Entire Population of 1.3 Billion For 21 Days
The government of India will ban all 1.3 billion people in the country from leaving their homes for 21 days, according to a new declaration made Tuesday night by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The total lockdown is an effort to slow the spread of covid-19, an illness that has already sickened at least 519 in India and killed 10, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker
“To save India and every Indian, there will be a total ban on venturing out,” Modi announced on TV, according to an English translation by the Associated Press. Modi also announced a new $2 billion package for the country’s health care system.
India, the second most populous country in the world, will begin enforcing its lockdown at midnight tonight (2:30 pm ET). Modi emphasized that people aren’t allowed to leave their homes, but it’s not yet clear what kind of exemptions there might be for buying things like food or medicine, if there are any at all. Twenty-one days is a long time to not have access to essential services.
“If we don’t handle these 21 days well, then our country, your family will go backwards by 21 years,” Modi said, according to the Economic Times.
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