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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has issued directives to make life easy for those in the city.

Taking to Twitter, the BMC asked those who have pneumonia-like symptoms to get in touch with the BMC on 022-47085085 from 10 am to 7 pm.

“Speak with our Doctors to get right advise, from home! We will connect you with approved labs to collect samples from home!” the BMC tweeted.

The BMC’s tweet comes hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a 21-day nationwide lockdown in the country to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

On Tuesday evening, PM Modi urged people not to step out of their homes during these trying times.

It is like a curfew, tougher than the Janata Curfew," the Prime Minister said in his address to the nation.

He urged Indians to forget what stepping out feels like; otherwise, the entire country will go back 21 years, he warned. "There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes," Modi said and announced an emergency financial package of Rs 15,000 crore for healthcare.

The announcement comes close on the heels of more than 500 country-wide coronavirus cases and ten deaths. Giving the rationale for the lockdown, he pointed out how most capable nations like the United States had become helpless despite having the best health services.

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