Coronavirus: Indians panic buy supplies ahead of lockdown

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On Tuesday night people in India rushed to stockpile supplies, after its prime minister announced the entire country was going into lockdown for 21 days.

People panicked after Narendra Modi said, in a televised address, everyone should “forget about” leaving their homes for any reason – and did not mention the status of essential supplies and food items.

All over the country, people flooded shops, looking to stock up on groceries and other items.

Mr Modi tweeted 40 minutes later, clarifying that the lockdown would not impact essential services and asking people not to panic, but it was too late by then.

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