The Indian government has prohibited the export of masks, ventilators and raw textile materials for masks and coveralls.
India’s Minister of Commerce, Piyush Goyal, confirmed the news in a tweet, and said the action has been taken in a “bid to utilize the nation’s resources for the well being of Indian citizens.”
The news comes a day after the country issued fresh guidelines, banning all international commercial passenger flights from landing in India from March 22.
The directive will be in place for a week.
What other measures is India taking? The Indian government is directing state governments to advise citizens above 65 and children below 10 to stay home. This excludes public representatives, medical professionals and government employees.
States have also been requested to enforce work from home for private sector employees, except those working in emergency or essential services.
There are more than 190 confirmed cases in India and four deaths.