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Al Jazeera 24 Mar 2020

India declares 21-day 'total lockdown' as coronavirus cases rise

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered a nationwide lockdown for three weeks, confining 1.3 billion people to their homes as the country battles to bring the numbers of those affected by the coronavirus down.
India has reported more than 500 confirmed cases of the virus and 10 deaths.

Al Jazeera's Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi.


At least 155 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Latin America, prompting several countries to close their borders.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced all borders will close on Wednesday to give tourists time to leave. His country has the highest number of confirmed cases per capita in South America,
Venezuela and Peru have also ordered all citizens to stay home in mandatory isolation to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Santiago.
Zimbabwe began a 21-day nationwide lockdown on Monday.
So far the country has recorded seven cases and one death.
Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa has more from Harare on the reaction to the shutdown.
Italian authorities have imposed drastic measures to try to curtail the worst coronavirus outbreak in Europe. Public gatherings are banned, sporting events cancelled and non-essential travel virtually forbidden. Those who break quarantine rules risk fines and three months in jail. CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports from Rome.
The Washington Post spoke to doctors across the country who say shortages in medical equipment and supplies could cost lives.

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