Coronavirus: India holds lights-off vigil as Modi calls for unity
Indians have turned off their lights for a nationwide candle-lit vigil, heeding a call for unity as the country battles coronavirus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked India's 1.3 billion citizens to observe nine minutes without electricity at 21:00 local time (16:30 GMT) on Sunday. He urged them to "challenge the darkness" of Covid-19 by lighting candles and lamps. Millions responded, lighting up the night sky in a show of unity.
"Salute to the light of the lamp which brings auspiciousness, health and prosperity, which destroys negative feelings," Mr Modi tweeted at the time of the vigil.