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DW News 25 Mar 2020

Italian mayors rant at coronavirus lockdown violators


In Italy some people keep defying lockdown orders. Now some Mayors have had enough and vent their anger.
In Italy, 743 people died from the virus on Tuesday, according to government data. The country has been the worst hit by the coronavirus, experiencing a higher death toll than China, where the virus emerged in late 2019. A total of 6,820 people have died in Italy due to the pandemic.

Police in India have been filmed beating alleged violators of the country's coronavirus lockdown. Muslim and Hindu worshipers were hit with sticks at their places of worship. And Police used violence to disperse crowds at major bus depots.

Migrants have also been filmed being hosed down with bleach by Indian authorities. Prime Minister Modi announced a 21-day lockdown of India to fight the spread of COVID-19. Migrants are leaving the cities en masse, some saying they will walk 500 miles back to their villages. Health experts warn that this could actually cause the virus to spread more, as infected people return home to isolated areas.
The positive effects of Italy's coronavirus lockdown are yet to be seen says the director of the ICU at Milan's Policlinico Hospital.
The reduced industry and travel from coronavirus lockdowns is causing at least temporary reductions in emissions across whole countries.
Wuhan volunteer groups offer humanitarian assistance to workers affected by the coronavirus lockdown. CNN's David Culver has more.

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