India lights candles in a show of solidarity against coronavirus

Millions in India turned off their lights and lit candles outside their homes for 9 minutes at 9PM on Sunday as a show of solidarity amid the coronavirus pandemic.⁣⁣
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Earlier in the week PM Narendra Modi asked India’s 1.3 billion citizens to observe nine minutes without electricity urging them to “challenge the darkness” of Covid-19.⁣⁣
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There are fears that a major outbreak in the country, one of the world’s most densely populated – could result in a humanitarian catastrophe. Critics have dismissed the vigil as a stunt, arguing it distracted from the health and economic crisis caused by the pandemic.⁣⁣
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Modi imposed a nationwide lockdown on 25 March, announced with little warning, leaving millions stranded and without food.⁣⁣
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