March 22, 2020 / 1:46 AM / in 10 days

India starts 14-hour curfew to curb coronavirus spread

MUMBAI, March 22 (Reuters) - India launched a 14-hour long curfew on Sunday to limit the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic in the country, where 315 people have so far been found to have contracted the disease.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an address to the nation last week urged citizens to stay indoors from 0130 GMT to 1530 GMT - a move that he said would be a crucial test for a country to assess its abilities to fight the pandemic.

“Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against the COVID-19 menace,” Modi tweeted minutes before the curfew commenced. “The steps we take now will help in the times to come,’ he said in the tweet. (Reporting by Abhirup Roy; Editing by Rupam Jain and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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