Addressing the nation for the second time in a week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on late Tuesday announced a countrywide lockdown for three weeks, thus restricting a population of over 1.3 billion indoors. 

“India is at a stage where our actions today will help decide the impact of this disaster tomorrow. This is the time to observe a strict lockdown, a step outside of home can lead to the virus spread. Infected people often seem fine at first, they can infect hundreds within days,” said Modi in a live telecast.

Modi also confirmed an allocation of $19.6

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