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Indian Police Sing Hymns to Mark Good Friday


Police patrolling the streets of the Indian state of Nagaland sang gospel hymns as residents remained under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Saturday, April 11.
READ MORE: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to extend the world's biggest pandemic lockdown for two weeks, state ministers said after talks Saturday on the growing fallout in the country.

The three-week lockdown is due to end Tuesday. But with the death toll rising, several chief ministers from India's 29 states and territories have been pressing Modi to prolong restrictions for the population of 1.3 billion.

According to reports, the Hindu-nationalist government is worried about the impact of the restrictions and a ban on international flights on the economy, which was slowing even before the pandemic crisis blew up.

Millions of people have lost jobs in the past three weeks and the lockdown sparked a mass migration as workers headed for their home villages.


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