The curfew would be ‘in the interest of the country to follow and prepare us for future challenges’, Modi said in his 29-minute address [Amit Dave/Reuters]

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appealed to the 1.3 billion population to follow a one-day curfew alongside a ban on international flight arrivals to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Modi said in an address to the nation that the curfew on Sunday from 7am to 9pm would test the giant country’s ability to take tough measures against what he called a growing “crisis”.

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The measure would be “in the interest of the country to follow and prepare us for future challenges”, Modi added.

The government said there have been 173 infections and four deaths from

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