The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks forgiveness from the nation’s poor on Sunday over the coronavirus crisis across the country.
Modi announced a three week-lockdown on Tuesday to curb the spread of coronavirus. But the decision has stung millions of India’s poor, leaving many hungry and forcing jobless migrant labourers to flee cities and walk hundreds of kilometres to their native villages.
“I would firstly like to seek forgiveness from all my countrymen,” Modi said in a nationwide radio address.
“The poor would definitely be thinking what kind of prime minister is this, who has put us into so much trouble,” he said, urging people to understand there was no other option.
“Steps has been taken so far… will give India victory over the corona,” he added.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India rose to 979 on Sunday, with 25 deaths.