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India Tests Out a Nationwide One-Day Coronavirus Shutdown

NEW DELHI—India attempted a one-day nationwide shutdown on Sunday, hoping to slow the spread of the coronavirus and give citizens and policy makers a taste of how the massive, boisterous democracy would behave under unprecedented restrictions.

During the 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. lockdown—dubbed the “people’s curfew” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he unveiled it—people were asked to stay in their homes and most businesses were shut. The restrictions were voluntary, but each state was asked to do what it could to help citizens…

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