søndag 29. mars 2020

Coronavirus: India's PM Modi seeks 'forgiveness' over lockdown

India's prime minister has asked for his country's forgiveness after imposing a sweeping lockdown that he said had hurt millions of poor people. Criticism has mounted over the lack of planning ahead of the coronavirus shutdown, which was introduced with less than four hours' notice. Many of India's 1.3 billion citizens have been left jobless and hungry.

Tens of thousands of migrant labourers have been forced to walk hundreds of kilometres to their native villages. In his weekly radio address PM Narendra Modi apologised for the impact of the strict stay-at-home measures. But he said there was "no other way" to stop the rapid spread of the virus. "Especially when I look at my poor brothers and sisters, I definitely feel that they must be thinking, what kind of prime minister is this who has placed us in this difficulty?