PM Narendra Modi has imposed a nationwide lockdown

It is the biggest and most severe action undertaken to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The restrictions came into force at midnight and will be enforced for 21 days

“There will be a total ban of coming out of your homes,” PM Modi said

He appealed for people not to panic as essential will continue to remain functional

Modi warned that if India does not "handle these 21 days well, then our country... will go backwards by 21 years"

Under the new measures, all non-essential businesses will be closed but medical facilities will continue to function as normal

Schools and universities will remain shut and almost all public gatherings will be banned

Said that "social distancing was the only way to stop" the virus spreading

Currently, there have been more than 550 confirmed cases across India and 11 reported deaths