Indian PM announces complete lockdown for three weeks starting Tuesday midnight



Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced complete lockdown across the country for three weeks starting midnight in order to stave off the menace of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).He also emphasised the importance of social distancing in tackling the menace of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “Social distancing is the only option to stay safe and to stop the coronavirus- stay at a distance from each other and stay inside your houses, he said in his second address to the nation.

His second address comes as India has witnessed a spurt in the number of COVID-19 cases in the past few days. As per the latest briefing by the Health Ministry, the total number of cases has crossed 500, including 39 who have recovered and nine deaths.The government has extended the shutdown to domestic commercial aviation, stopping all flights from Tuesday midnight till March 31 with an aim to arrest the spread of the virus. About 30 states and Union territories have now announced a complete lockdown in 548 districts, while in 58 districts of three states, the curbs are partial.