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Voice of America 25 Mar 2020

COVID India Lockdown

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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.


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. 


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