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India battles coronavirus: All key developments

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Thirteen days after the first coronavirus-linked death in India the second-most populous country in the world went into complete lockdown for 21 days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a televised address to the nation, made the announcement on March 24. The total lockdown began from Tuesday midnight.

21-day nationwide lockdown, Disaster Management Act invoked: Key Covid-19 developments (Hindustan Times)

In a bid to break the cycle of Covid-19 infection in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called for a 21-day long nationwide lockdown to fight coronavirus. (Read more)

Key highlights from PM Modi’s speech (Moneycontrol)


The lockdown announcement resulted in panic buying, which was noticed in many parts of the country. However, the government assured that essential services will remain available during the 21-day lockdown period.

In pics: People scramble for essentials during India lockdown

Where to buy groceries from? Will you get your newspaper? Frequently asked questions answered (

A lot of misinformation and miscommunication floated around. Here are some most frequently asked questions answered. (Read more)



Scientists say the coronavirus is not mutating quickly and might respond to a single vaccine (The Hill)

An expert explains: ‘Virus will stay; difficult to lock down for long’ (The Indian Express)

For more information and guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19), click here 


Follow the government's latest travel advice if you are planning a trip outside India or travelling back to India from affected areas. You can also read World Health Organization's advice on basic protective measures against the virus. WHO has also busted some myths surrounding coronavirus. The Ministry of Health's special helpline is available at +91-11-23978046 and

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