India Orders Its 1.3 Billion Citizens In Lockdown Due To Coronavirus Pandemic
India has announced a nationwide lockdown for its 1.3 billion people due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The country has recorded a little more than 500 cases of Covid-19, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to ensure his country doesn't end up like China or Italy.
Modi warned that if these tough measures didn't get enacted quickly, 'many families will be destroyed forever'.
"You have seen the worldwide situations arising from the coronavirus pandemic in the news. You have also seen how the most powerful nations have become helpless in the face of this pandemic," Mr Modi said in an address to the nation.
"What the experts are saying is that social distancing is the only option to combat coronavirus.
"That is to remain apart from each other and stay confined to within your homes. There is no other way to remain safe from coronavirus. If we have to stop the spread, we have to break the cycle of infection."
"From 12 midnight today, the entire country will go under a complete lockdown to save India and for every Indian, there will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes.
"Therefore, I request you to remain wherever you are in this country."
The lockdown will last for 21 days, which health officials in the country say is the minimum time necessary to 'break the cycle' of the infections.
Mr Modi warned if people don't take this order seriously then the country could suffer greatly.
"If we are not able to manage this pandemic in the next 21 days, the country and your family will be setback by 21 years. If we are not able to manage the next 21 days, then many families will be destroyed forever," he said.
India is a prime spot for the virus to flourish considering how many people live close together in some areas.
Thankfully though, it has largely avoided massive spikes in cases like other countries around the world.
Mr Modi hopes that this latest measure will ensure it stays that way.
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