Coronavirus: PM Modi announces nationwide lockdown for 21 days


NEW DELHI | March 24:

In view of the current situation in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced total lockdown across the country for 21 days starting from midnight.

So far, a total of 32 states and Union territories have declared complete lockdown so far covering 560 districts, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Tuesday.

Three other states and UTs have imposed lockdowns in certain areas in their territories, covering 58 districts, and one UT has imposed closure of some activities in its jurisdiction.

"Following the central government's communication to state governments and UTs, a total of 32 states and UTs have imposed complete lockdown covering 560 districts," a government official said.

Amid the total lockdown in many states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the nation tonight.


The total number of coronavirus cases reached 519 in the country on Tuesday till 5.45 p.m, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Of this, 470 are active cases, while 39 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. The number of coronavirus casualties is 9.

Effective today midnight all domestic flights are banned. Airlines have to plan operations so as to land at their destination before 11.59 pm on Tuesday, the government said. Only cargo flights will be allowed.