efe-epaBy Iqbal Abhimanyu New Delhi

Indians across cities and regions on Wednesday morning rushed out in panic to queue up outside grocery shops a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a three-week complete nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Even though authorities have announced that basic supplies and essential services would remain operational and exempt from the strict quarantine measures, crowds gathered outside shops and supermarkets hours after Modi's 8 pm televised address on Tuesday that created confusion due to his appeal to "forget going out for 21 days”.