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1.3billion Indians now in total lockdown

Punishing: Police make men perform squats after spotting them out in Ahmedabad PICTURE: AP

IF YOU think policing a shutdown in Britain is tough, try doing it in a country of 1.3billion people.

India has been placed on a 21-day total lockdown — the world’s largest — by prime minister Narendra Modi, who has pledged £1.7billion for the healthcare system. ‘To save India and every Indian, there will be a total ban on venturing out,’ he said.

Grocery stores, banks, ATMs and petrol stations remain open, but no more than 20 people can attend funerals. The news set off panic in many neighbourhoods as people rushed to stock up on supplies.

It was not clear what the lockdown would mean for about 300million people living below the poverty line.

India has reported 469 cases of Covid-19 and ten deaths, but testing has been relatively scant.