Coronavirus LIVE: ‘With folded hands’ PM announces 21-day India lockdown

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Coronavirus LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi locked down India for 21-days barring essential services from Tuesday midnight amid Coronavirus pandemic. 


“If the virus doesn’t control in these 21-days, India will go back by 21 years. I appeal with folded hands that please don’t  get out of your homes during lockdown,” PM Modi said during his address to the nation.
“There is absolutely no need to panic, by converging around shops, you are risking spread of Covid-19,” he added


The government had earlier deferred deadlines for filing tax returns, extended a tax amnesty program and unveiled other relief steps, while promising more measures to support the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic that’s infected over 400,000 people globally and 519 in India and brought normal life to a halt.
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