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Indian Premier Narendra Modi announces lockdown for 21 days in India

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Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has announced a lockdown for 21 days in India commencing from Tuesday with a view to emerge successfully from the Coronavirus crisis.

He made the announcement in an address to the nation on Tuesday night. The key points of his address are:

• The lockdown will be "absolute" and in force for 21 days

• No citizen will be allowed to leave their homes during this period

• It will come into force from midnight local time tonight

• Mr Modi said it was the only way to break the cycle of the virus and that if the country could not manage the next 21 days, it would be set back by 21 years

• He also announced a fund of nearly $2bn (£1.7bn) towards health infrastructure in combating the coronavirus

• He called on people not to spread rumours and to follow instructions

• He said he was confident India would emerge from the crisis "successfully"








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