India’s 1.3 billion people will go on a “total lockdown” for 21 days in fight against the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the lockdown during a televised address Tuesday night, which is being called the ‘most extensive stay-at-home order’ yet in the world’s fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“To save India and every Indian, there will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes,” Modi said, adding that if the county failed to manage the next 21 days, it would be set back by 21 years.
Indian has reported 519 actives cases of COVID-19, 10 deaths, and 40 recovered cases making it the country with the lowest percentage of coronavirus cases to go on lockdown. The extreme case of proactivity by India marks a new chapter in the level of seriousness the world now attaches to the pandemic.
Many countries that have gone into lockdown have mostly waited until their COVID-19 cases are well into the thousands. But India appears cognizant of the devastation the virus can cause if it does not act now.