1.3 billion people in India was ordered to stay home in lockdown to stop the coronavirus infection spread.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that "many families will be destroyed forever" if the country didn't get to grips with its coronavirus outbreak in the next three weeks. The lockdown would start at midnight local time, would last for a minimum of 21 days, and would apply to all of India's 36 states and territories. India is the world's second most populous country and the fifth biggest economy. Modi said that the measures are necessary to protect the population, and referred to experience from other countries. Only essential services will be operational. These include water, electricity, health services, fire services, groceries and municipal services.
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All shops, commercial establishments, factories, workshops, offices, markets and places of worship will be closed and interstate buses and metros will be suspended. Construction activity will also be on a halt. Deadlines to file tax returns have been extended by three months, charges on minimum bank balances have been waived and no fees will be charged for using other banks' ATMs. Indian health officials have reported 469 actives cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and 10 deaths.