New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nation-wide lockdown to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Flipkart -- one of the two largest e-commerce platforms -- has decided to suspend its services temporarily.  

In a statement, the e-commerce website said that it has decided to temporarily decided to suspend it services and urged people to inside their house during the 21-day nation-wide lockdown in the country.

“Hello Fellow Indians, we are temporarily suspending our services. Your needs have always been our priority, and our promise is that we will be back to serve you as soon as possible,” the company said in a statement, as reported by news agency ANI.

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“These are difficult times, times like no other. Never before, have communities stayed apart to stay safe! Never before, has being at home meant helping the nation,” it added.

The directive from Flipkart comes hours after Amazon, another e-commerce company, announced that it was suspending the delivery of non-essential products and prioritising household staples, packaged foods, and healthcare items.

This comes just a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government has decided to impose a 21-day nation-wide lockdown in wake of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. 

In his address to the nation on Tuesday evening, PM Modi said that the lockdown will be like a 'curfew', adding that the step was necessary to break the chain of the COVID-19 virus.

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He said that the central and the state governments have taken measures to ensure that the supply of all essential items continue smoothly.

"The national lockdown has drawn a 'Lakshman rekha' at your door. One step outside can bring the virus inside your house," PM Modi said in his address.

"Today India is at the stage where our actions today will decide to what extent we can bring down the impact of this disaster. This is the time to strengthen our resolve again and again," he added.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma