TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_As of Tuesday, the total number of infected people across the world reached 418,000, and the deaths 18,600, according to new data collected by the Johns Hopkins University.
India locks down entire population of 1.33 billion
In an extraordinary measure on Tuesday, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered his country’s population of 1.33 billion to stay inside their homes for 21 days, starting Wednesday.
“There will be a total ban of coming out of your home,” Modi said in a televised speech, warning that “many families will be destroyed forever” if the country didn’t seriously tackle its coronavirus outbreak in the next three weeks.
India, the world’s second most populous country and fifth biggest economy, has so far reported 519 cases of COVID-19, and 10 deaths, according to its Ministry of Health.
The government has also closed international borders to most travelers coming from Europe.
It was not clear how the Indian people would be able to buy food and other essentials during the three weeks of the total lockdown — especially in a society where countless millions of people live in packed urban areas with poor sanitation and public healthcare.
New Zealand declares national emergency
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared a state of national emergency on Wednesday, saying the country would go on lockdown for four weeks.
“From midnight tonight, we bunker down for four weeks to try and stop the virus in its tracks, to break the chain,” Ardern told parliament.