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India extends world's largest lockdown after infections spike

Modi asks employers not to fire workers as unemployment surpasses 20%

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended the country's three-week lockdown until May 3 to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

"We have to be very vigilant about hot spots," or clusters with positive cases, Modi said in a televised address. "The creation of new hot spots will further challenge our hard work and penance," he said, adding that stricter measures will be taken to fight the pandemic in the coming week.

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