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India puts 1.3bn people under unprecedented lockdown

Modi orders $2bn boost to medical infrastructure in coronavirus fight

People travel in a crowded bus to return to their cities and villages on March 23 before the lockdown in Kolkata.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21-day lockdown across the world's second most populous nation, dramatically escalating the country's efforts to combat the new coronavirus.

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