Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced complete lockdown of the entire country, as part of government's stringent efforts to tackle COVID-19.
The lockdown will be in force for 21 days, PM added.
The prime minister described the situation in different countries due to the pandemic that has infected more than 3.5 lakh people and killed over 16,000.
"This virus has been spreading very fast across the world. It spreads like wildfire. Looking at the experience of these countries, and what the experts say, the only successful way to tackle the spread of the virus is social distancing", PM said.