Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday the government would impose a nationwide lockdown from midnight for 21 days to stem the spread of coronavirus. In a televised address Modi said: “There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes.”
India has so far reported 482 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and nine deaths.
Health researchers have warned more than a million people in India could be infected with the coronavirus by mid-May, which prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to shut down all air and train travel, businesses and schools.
Modi addressed the nation for a second time in a week on Tuesday on the risks to the country of 1.3 billion people.
Coronavirus emerged in China late last year and has spread to 194 countries.
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Are there flights from India to UK?
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.
They state: “Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.
“If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.
“Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.”
The FCO advise against all travel to:
- the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah
- Jammu and Kashmir, except for (i) travel within the city of Jammu, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu, and (iii) travel within the Union Territory of Ladakh
The tourist destinations of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, the city of Srinagar and the Jammu-Srinagar national highway are within the areas where the FCO advise against all travel.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
- the state of Manipur, except the state capital Imphal and the Meiti Valley areas, which include Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park and the Imphal War Cemetery.
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