India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a 21-day nationwide lockdown of the country Tuesday night to combat the spread of coronavirus.
In the public address broadcasted on television, he asked all of the country's 1.3 billion people to remain in their homes for three weeks, beginning at midnight. Modi said failure to adhere to the complete shutdown would result in a 21-year setback for India.
Essential service providers are exempt from the lockdown.
India has had 10 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 469 people currently have coronavirus, according to public health officials.
"To save India and every Indian, there will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes," Modi said.