Coronavirus: India observes 14-hour curfew

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Image caption Roads and practice stations throughout the nation have been left utterly abandoned

More than a billion individuals in India have been requested to look at a 14-hour lengthy curfew to attempt to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the curfew final week, telling residents that it will be a check to be able to assess the county’s potential to battle the virus.

Mr Modi urged residents to remain indoors from 07:00 (01:30 GMT) till 21:00 on Sunday.

India has to date recorded 315 instances.

Mr Modi instructed his followers on Twitter: “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.”

Transport throughout the nation has been affected by the curfew, based on NDTV. No long-distance or suburban trains are working; nonetheless, these already working earlier than the curfew is not going to be stopped.

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Image caption Transport in Mumbai and across the nation has been affected by the curfew

Images from numerous cities in India present roads and cities primarily empty.

In Delhi, all outlets have been closed other than these promoting necessities, and pharmacies. Religious locations cancelled actions as a part of the curfew.

Mr Modi has requested individuals at 17:00 on Sunday to face at balconies or close to home windows and clap or ring bells to point out their appreciation for medical professionals and sanitation staff.

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Image caption Citizens in cities together with Kolkata primarily adhered to the curfew

Some elements of India have already enforced shutdowns.

Rajasthan ordered a shutdown till 31 March. Four cities within the state of Gujarat have launched related measures till 25 March.

India has barred entry to everybody, together with residents, flying from sure international locations, together with the UK and most European nations. It has additionally cancelled most entry visas for individuals flying in from different international locations.

Popular Indian monuments – such because the 16th Century Red Fort in Delhi – have been shut to guests to stop massive gatherings.

The Taj Mahal, the nation’s most iconic monument, closed its doorways on Tuesday, together with greater than 140 different monuments and museums.

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Media captionDr Ramanan Laxminarayan: “India’s going to be the next hot spot for this epidemic”

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