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India's abrupt lockdown sparks scramble for food and medicine

Supply chains nationwide screech to halt under Modi's 'social experiment'

NEW DELHI -- India's decision to lock down all 1.3 billion residents for 21 days has brought the nation's economy and supply chains to a standstill, leaving certain areas short of food and other necessities.

"Social distancing is the only way we can curb the virus," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on television Tuesday, giving Indians just four hours before enacting what he called a "total ban" on leaving their homes.

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