Countries that are on lockdown because of coronavirus
- As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, some countries are putting their citizens on lockdown.
- “Lockdown” isn’t a technical term used by public health officials, but Italy, China, El Salvador, New Zealand, Poland, Ireland, Denmark, Spain, and France have implemented the world’s largest and most restrictive mass quarantines.
- More than 7,100 people have died and over 181,000 have been infected by the virus worldwide.
- Wuhan, China, where the virus first appeared, has been locked down for more than six weeks, and many other Chinese cities still face travel restrictions.
- Italy’s 60 million citizens were put under a strict lockdown last week after a jump in COVID-19 cases.
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Countries around the world are implementing measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, from national quarantines to closing schools.
After a surge in COVID-19 cases in Italy, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy put the entire country on lockdown, restricting travel, leisure, work, churchgoing, and other aspects of life for its 60 million citizens. Spain and France followed suit, ordering residents to stay in their homes.