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India imposes lockdown in many cities

NEW DELHI, March 23, 2020

India, a nation of more than 1.3 billion people, began implementing a series of steps including complete lockdown of the national capital and 75 districts in various states of the vast country.
 
The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 415 on Monday with the Central govenment warning of legal action against those violating the lockdown which has been enforced to curtain the pandemic. 
 
Authorities suspended all passenger trains, inter-state buses and metro services across the country till March 31. Delhi, Jharkhand, Punjab and Nagaland declared a statewide lockdown, exempting only essential services, while similar curbs were announced in a number of districts in Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, said an Indian Express report. 
 
Mumbai’s local trains have been suspended till March 31, and Section 144 of the CrPC is being invoked in several cities and towns in Maharashtra to prevent people from gathering at a spot.
 
In a Twitter message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to take the lockdown measures seriously to ensure everyone’s well-being. “Some people are not taking the lockdown seriously even now. Please follow the instructions and save yourself and save your family,” he posted on the site.
 
The Ministry of Health also confirmed that the death of a Philippines national in Mumbai was not due to coronavirus but kidney failure, although the patient did test positive later.
 



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