India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi forgiveness today asked the poor of his country as the economic and humanitarian price of public quarantine worsened across the country for a period of 21 days, and criticism escalated due to the lack of adequate planning before making the decision.

Moody announced last Tuesday the imposition of a public quarantine for three weeks to limit the spread of the Corona virus, which affected millions of poor people who left hungry, and forced tens of thousands of unemployed migrants to flee the cities and walk hundreds of kilometers back to the villages from which they came.

"I would first like to ask forgiveness from all of my countrymen ... the poor will surely think which prime minister is this that has brought us to this enormous trouble," Moody said in a speech to the Indians broadcast on radio.

He urged citizens to understand that there was no other option, stressing that the steps taken so far would give India victory over SK.

The confirmed cases of coronavirus in India rose to 979, after 61 new cases were recorded on Sunday, while the death toll was 25.

Closing procedures left thousands of workers trapped in major cities (Reuters)

The Modi government announced last Thursday a $ 22.6 billion economic stimulus program to provide direct financial and food aid to the poor, but it has yet to provide any clarification on its future plans.

There is still widespread support for strong measures to avert a catastrophe caused by the Corona virus in India, which has a population of 1.3 billion people and suffers from a weak public health system.

But opposition leaders, analysts and some citizens are increasingly critical of the implementation of these measures, especially as they have paralyzed the country during the past two weeks, after the states approved closure measures that include stopping public transport, closing schools, universities, commercial centers, markets and gyms.

The announcement of the country's closure of the siege of thousands of migrant workers in the major cities without income or food, and pictures and footage of migrant workers who travel long distances on their feet on the roads to return to their villages covered newspaper headlines and newscasts.