New Delhi: India will enter a total lockdown tonight, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced.
"Starting from midnight today, the entire country will go under a complete lockdown," Modi said in a televised address.
Modi said that the lockdown will be in place for the next 21 days.
"For the next few days, forget about going out. Stay at home. Do just one thing and stay at home," he urged.
Modi said that the government is taking steps "to ensure continuous essential supplies" but did not immediately lay out plans for how food and other supplies will be distributed to the 1.3 billion people living in the country.
Modi said that he called on the state and regional governments in India to focus primarily on health services. So far the country has logged 469 active cases and 10 deaths.