NEW DELHI

Amid a surge in coronavirus cases, a 14-hour lockdown started in India at 7 am (0130GMT) Sunday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged a public curfew to help check the spread of coronavirus.

In a televised public address on Thursday, Modi appealed for patience and observing a self-imposed curfew from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (0130GMT-1130GMT).

India on Saturday witnessed its biggest surge yet in coronavirus cases, with 80 new people testing positive. According to the latest Health Ministry data, cases so far total 324, with a death toll of four, while 22 people have been cured or discharged.

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