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India locks down its 1.3 billion people for 21 days


I'm Anthony Davis. India has begun the world's largest lockdown today as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a TV address. Wanting one point three eight billion citizens to stay inside will risk inviting the pandemic into their homes. And pledging two billion dollars to bolster the country's beleaguered healthcare system the move puts nearly one fifth of the world's population under lockdown. The announcement set off panic in many neighborhoods as people rushed to markets to stock up on supplies at many places. Police tried to disperse crowds outside stores. Indian health officials have reported four hundred sixty nine active cases of Kovic nineteen and ten deaths. Officials have repeatedly insisted there is no evidence yet of localized spread but if conducted relatively scant testing for the disease in a country where tens of millions live in dense urban areas with irregular access to clean water experts said local spreading is inevitable but since the World Health Organization declared the corona virus a global pandemic triggering. India's government to invoke a British Raj era epidemic act giving it sweeping powers to contain the disease the cases have been growing rapidly and according to Modi have the potential to spread like wildfire in recent days. India had gradually expanded stay at home. Orders banned international and domestic flights and suspended passenger service on its extensive rail system until the thirty first of March. It was not clear what the

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