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Voice of America 25 Mar 2020

COVID India Lockdown


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.

Around a dozen towns in Italy are in lockdown as the country races to contain the biggest outbreak of coronavirus in Europe after a surge in cases.

Authorities in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto have ordered schools and universities to close for at least a week, while museums and cinemas have been shut and the last two days of Venice Carnival called off.

It comes after the number of people infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in Italy jumped sharply to above 130.
Italy is now reporting more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19, with more than 630 deaths. Italians are now facing their second day of a country-wide lockdown. Miranda Galle is a Canadian law student who arrived in Turin just as the quarantine began. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologized in his weekly radio address for the lockdown that left citizens jobless and hungry.

▶️A kitchen in Bangalore prepares and serves meals to India's poor on Tuesday, March 31. India's on-going coronavirus lockdown has hit daily-wage workers the hardest, rendering them jobless. But efforts are being made by the government and non-government organizations to ensure they don't go hungry during the three-week curfew, which still have two weeks remaining.

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