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Coronavirus: A quarter of the world's population in lockdown

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told India's population of 1.3 billion people to stay at home. The lockdown is currently planned for 3 weeks.
More than 2.6 billion people are in lockdown now India has introduced its new measures, according to a tally by the AFP news agency

Europe remains at the epicentre of the pandemic. On Tuesday, the death toll jumped by 514 in a single day in Spain and other European countries also reported sharp increases
Italy is the worst affected country in the world in terms of deaths. The virus has killed almost 7,000 people there over the past month
The UK, meanwhile, is spending its first day under tight new restrictions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced unprecedented measures on Monday and ordered the immediate closure of shops selling non-essential goods
And in the US, New York's governor has said the federal government is not sending enough equipment to combat the crisis. The state has been hit especially hard by the virus
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the US has the potential to become the new epicentre of the pandemic

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India is under lockdown following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's order for people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. India's 21-day ban on venturing out puts nearly one-fifth of the world's population under lockdown. VOA correspondent Mariama Diallo has more.
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