India on Tuesday imposed a three-week long nationwide lockdown as part of the country's efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus. "You must remember that a single step outside your home can bring a risky pandemic like corona inside." he said.
It has reported hundreds of confirmed cases of the virus so far - far less than other countries, such as China, Italy and the US, which number their cases in the tens of thousands.
As cases of the viral infection surged, authorities have put nearly the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31.
After reports of panic buying, Modi took to Twitter to pacify the public. The country's train network has also suspended majority of the passenger services.
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Neighbouring Nepal has invoked a 56-year-old law, ordering a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the virus after reporting a second case in the Himalayan nation of 30 million people.
The embassy said that it continues to work with the US' Department of State and airline companies to arrange flights from India to the US for American citizens.
In a televised address he added: "There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes". "Simultaneously, training of medical and paramedical manpower will also be undertaken".
"The virus is no doubt risky and it has killed so many people in the world, but it has also inculcated many good habits in us and brought the world closer". The figure includes 43 foreign nationals and the nine deaths reported so far, the Health Ministry said.
Addressing a press conference, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal said: "There are 29 private laboratory chains, accredited by the Indian Council of Medical Research for conducting tests for novel Coronavirus".
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County public health director Barbara Ferrer says it's a 'devastating reminder that Covid-19 affects people of all ages'. As of Tuesday, there had been 662 cases across the entire county , including 11 deaths, with 119 patients hospitalized.
At the time of writing, there have been 439,654 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide with 19,744 lives lost as a result. The decrease in the average daily increase is indicative of a flattening curve and several countries, like South Korea and Singapore are on the same path.
"If we are not able to manage the next 21 days, the country will be set back by 21 years", he said.
Anthony Thomas, a worker at a small online milk delivery service, who normally distributes 150 litres (5,072 fluid ounces) of milk and groceries in New Delhi each morning, said his employer had told him to stay home.
Additionally, banks, insurance offices, ATMs, internet, telecommunication and broadcast services, capital and debt market services (as notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India) will also remain open.
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