Friday 20 March 2020 2:12 AM UTC
NEW DELHI March 20: India’s Prime Minister has appealed to its 1.3 billion population to follow a one-day curfew alongside a ban on international flight arrivals to combat the coronavirus.
Narendra Modi told people the curfew on Sunday from 7.00am to 9.00pm would test the country’s ability to take tough measures against what he called a growing ‘crisis’.
The measure would be ‘in the interest of the country to follow and prepare us for future challenges’.
But the public is increasingly anxious and there has been a rush on food stores and essential supplies.
Modi said most people, except those in essential services, would have to stay home for several weeks, without giving a timeframe.
He continued: ‘If you feel you won’t be affected or infected, you are wrong. You will be endangering your family and the community and I request every citizen to stay home for the next few weeks.’
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