Confirmed COVID-19 cases in India go up to 606, including 10 deaths: Health ministry

The world’s largest shutdown began on Wednesday with concerns about essential supplies and services after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a three-week lockdown to fight the coronavirus. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India went up to 606, including 10 deaths, according to the health ministry.
“Forget about stepping out of your homes for the next 21 days,” PM Modi said in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday. Health experts have warned of an explosion of infections if harsh steps are not taken.
Amid a scramble for supplies, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged residents not to panic and said e-passes would be issued to vegetable-sellers and grocers among others to ensure essential supplies during the lockdown.
Safal, the fruits and vegetable brand of Mother Dairy, announced that all its outlets would be open. “Our stores’ official timings are from 6 am – 2 pm and then 4 pm – 10 pm, in full capacity,” said Safal Stores on their Twitter handle.
Moments after the PM’s announcement, people in many states were seen rushing to the stores to stock up. People in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru were seen in images crowding around grocery stores. Many complained of soaring prices.
The home ministry put out rules asking states and Union Territories to keep a strict watch on rumours such as those claiming a shortage of food and other essential services and commodities.
The government also released guidelines that said fair price shops and those dealing with food, groceries, fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, fish, animal fodder would remain open.