Hundreds of millions of Indians stayed indoors on Sunday in the world’s biggest lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
India has detected more than 332 cases with four deaths and 27 recoveries amid fears that the second most populous nation could be the next hotspot for the deadly infection.
Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi urged 1.3 billion Indians to observe a self-imposed 14-hour ‘Janata (people’s) Curfew’— to promote social distancing. The virus has claimed 13,049 lives and infected 307,280 people worldwide since the December outbreak in China’s Wuhan city, according to figures from Johns Hopkins university.
“Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against COVID-19 menace. The steps we take now will help in the times to come. Stay indoors and stay healthy. #IndiaFightsCorona,” Mr Modi tweeted on Sunday morning.
It came as Indian Railways cancelled all its services until March 31. Nearly 22 million daily commuters on its vast network will be unable to travel.