Indians are warned they could be SHOT if they defy coronavirus lockdown, as thousands ignore social distancing advice while queueing for food
Indians have been warned they could be shot if they defy the coronavirus lockdown with thousands queuing for food today despite social distancing advice.
Three more people died overnight as the health ministry said the number of cases had risen to 649, including 13 dead.
But despite the populace of 1.3billion being told to stay indoors by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, thousands were seen lining up close behind each other to get into bustling markets in Delhi, Kolkota and Mumbai on Thursday.
Yesterday there were chaotic scenes across the nation with police beating violators of the lockdown with rattan canes and forcing others to crouch down in chalk circles to teach them about social distancing.
In the southern state of Telangana the chief minister, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar, made the most ruthless threat to anyone who continues to flout the rules.
'Please don't let it come to this,' he said. 'The administration cannot stop everyone and I will have to call in the army or issue 'shoot at sight' orders. Please stay at home.'
India has so far reported a relatively small number of cases compared to European nations that are reporting figures well into the tens of thousands, but there are fears that generally cramped living conditions, poverty, poor hygiene and a creaking healthcare system could quickly cause it to run out of control.
India has tested 24,254 people as of Wednesday, according to the go nment run Indian Council of Medical Research, a small number compared to the population.
Only recently has the go nment authorised the private sector and some nongo nmental research laboratories to run the tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Today the leaders of the world's most powerful economies, including India's Modi, will convene for a virtual meeting to coordinate a response to the fast-spreading coronavirus.
The meeting for the Group of 20 nations (G20) will be chaired by Saudi Arabia's King Salman.
Trouble 2020, London, United Kingdom
People need to buy stuff.
Jacquie T, here, Canada
India will be completely overtaken by this.
ahmedzilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
Bit extreme but that's the way to do it to impose lockdown.... No ifs or buts
Mayhem , West London , United Kingdom
They never going to contain the virus there
A6by, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Millions will die, ppl don't listen.
onstage2015, winston-salem, United States
That is far, far too extreme.
M.X.4, Denver, United States
Son of a gun. They are not playing around are they.
vicksyy, Mumbai, India
but we Indians don't listen unless we are 'threatened' with dire consequences
Dutch Van Der Linde, From a Parallel Universe, United Kingdom
It was exactly like that in the uk
Mpower, London, United Kingdom
India - please look after your people. The world is watching.
Rubbingalong65, Peterborough, United Kingdom
Either get the Virus or starve or get shot either wayyoue dead.
Morgantm1995, Houston, United States
Nah, you're most likely not dead if you get the virus.
At least that will save a hundred other people from catching the virus! India has announced a 155 Billion food aid package fro the poor.
That's the way to do it
Wamqq, SoCal, United States
Well that's one way to make sure they don't get the virus.
Jimmy, londonyang, North Korea
1.3 billion people standing 2 meters apart is on long que
SW66Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
The poor souls have got to eat!
Varad_, India, India
But folks here more abiding! The numbers of infected in India and "developed" countries speaks for themselves.
American hobo, Atlanta, United States
So a de ratic country thinks this is the only way to treat its people?
tessa92, bath, United Kingdom
India cannot do social distancing
kaisir888, Dubai, UAE
Judging on those photos, India has no chance of be locked down....
Varad_, India, India,
It's happening quite effectively!
bous gp, moon, Åland Islands
It may sound Brutal , but India is doing the right thing .If corona spreads, India will be decimated .
In Indonesia they give 100 lashes just for holding hands
SanjayShivapura, Shivapura, India
Because we have better immunity.
enabled, London, United Kingdom
The people there should turn on their oppressors.
JG66, Padstow, United Kingdom
'World's Largest Democracy' .... shooting Citizens ???
“全球最大的皿煮国家，射杀公民? ? ?