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In photos: Social distancing seen at Cabinet meeting chaired by Modi, at shops across country

Shopkeepers demarcated boundaries by drawing squares and circles in white paint around their shops.

In photos: Social distancing seen at Cabinet meeting chaired by Modi, at shops across country
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a cabinet meeting as ministers maintain social distancing in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. ( | PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired a Cabinet meeting to discuss strategies of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic as people ushered in a 21-day countrywide lockdown that came into effect from midnight on Tuesday.

With social distancing – a term used to refer to a conscious effort to reduce close contact between people to prevent the spread of the virus – becoming the norm, senior ministers were seen seated at a distance from one another during the meeting.

Meanwhile, establishments selling essential commodities, such as groceries and milk, in the country adopted innovative ways of practicing social distancing on the first day of the lockdown. Shopkeepers demarcated boundaries by drawing squares and circles in white paint for people to wait. Each circle was spaced at a distance from the other and individuals were seen standing inside their mark.

India’s health ministry has confirmed 562 cases of the virus. Of these, 512 cases are active. Nine people have died due to the virus, according to the ministry’s latest update. However, the death of one more person in Tamil Nadu has not been confirmed yet, which will take the toll to 10.

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Here are some photos that show how people practicing social distancing:

People maintaining distance between each other in Puducherry.

Visuals from a store in Gujarat

People in Lucknow practice social distancing as they queue up outside stores:

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