As of March 24, India’s 1.3 billion people are in a three-week lockdown in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave citizens only a few hours’ warning before announcing: “Every state, every district, every lane, every village will be under lockdown.”India had already moved swiftly to restrict domestic and international air travel amid the outbreak of the virus that causes the disease covid-19. The government had suspended visas and quarantined passengers arriving from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France and Germany. Starting March 22, all international commercial flights were banned from landing in India until April 14. On the same day, all passenger trains, interstate buses and metro services were also suspended.Here’s what you need to know about India’s preparedness for weathering this pandemic, and the potential effects of the government lockdown.1. What is India’s covid-19 situation? India had more than 1,000 coronavirus cases as of Sunday and 27 deaths. The government maintained for a long time that there was no evidence of community transmission in the country. But people without any travel history or close contact with infected persons have also tested positive, and on Sunday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare acknowledged the

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