To halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, some cities countries are taking a drastic measure: Stopping the population from entering or leaving certain areas, otherwise known as lockdown.
Italy was the first in Europe (now the pandemic’s epicenter, according to the WHO) to institute the policy, but a whole slew of countries followed suit over the weekend.
Here’s a list of places around the world that have come under lockdown, or partial lockdown measures, so far:
After an early lockdown in the north of the country, as of March 9, the whole of Italy is essentially under quarantine with strict limits on travel and gatherings. Nonessential shops and businesses are closed Italians are fighting the isolation with music.
FRANCE NOW AT EPIDEMIC LEVEL. All restaurants, cafés, non-essential services closed. MORE THAN 50% OF THE 300 #COVIDー19 CASES IN FRENCH ICUs ARE PEOPLE UNDER 60; France now has 4,500 cases, which doubled in the past 72 hours, said Jérôme Salomon, head of French health service.
— Rachel Donadio (@RachelDonadio) March 14, 2020
Despite protests against France banning large gatherings, the country took its lockdown measures a step further by shutting down theaters, restaurants, and stores Saturday — all before elections, at that.
BREAKING: Spain issues nationwide lock down & shut down of all business; the only exceptions are for basic food, medicine and welfare. Europe is now classified as the epicenter of the #COVIDー19 pandemic, according to the @WHO. pic.twitter.com/pWSAFxbI4b
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) March 14, 2020
The Spanish government also instituted a lockdown on Saturday, citing the fact that Europe is the new epicenter of COVID-19. Spain currently has the highest rate of infection after Italy.
NEW: Israel shuts down cafes, restaurants and movie theaters amid Coronavirus outbreak, effective tomorrow morning
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) March 14, 2020
Israel’s government announced Saturday that it will limit transportation, employment, and schools amid the coronavirus.
Denmark has closed its borders to stop the spread. While the lockdown is currently in effect through April 14, Danish citizens and green card holders will still be allowed entry into the country.
The Irish government closed schools, childcare facilities, and cultural institutions as of Thursday. Gatherings above 100 people are banned.
Metro Manila is now officially on lockdown.
— Bob Ong (@BobOngHugots) March 14, 2020
While it doesn’t extend to the entire country of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has locked down Metro Manila, a region of 12 million people.
I’ve just walked into a cafe in Taipei, where I was immediately asked to sanitize my hands and my temperature was measured. Seems to be a common procedure during #coronavirus times, here in Taiwan. Same scenario happened upon my hotel check in last night. Follow their lead! pic.twitter.com/Ul4VbI24ax
— Beata Komarnicka 🇦🇺🇵🇱 (@komarnicka_com) March 12, 2020
Taiwan was praised for its quick response to the coronavirus. The country implemented travel restrictions and other harsh measures in late January; as a result, the entire nation has suffered only one coronavirus death so far.
To give you a sense of the containment measures implemented in Singapore: if a COVID-19 case caught a taxi but can’t remember the details, contact tracing teams will sift through CCTV to find it.
— Adam Kucharski (@AdamJKucharski) March 10, 2020
Singapore implemented harsh restrictions in late January to curb the spread of the virus, with great success: There have been zero deaths thus far. The island nation has imposed travel restrictions on China, Iran, South Korea and Italy; its prime minister now warns that the epidemic could last for a year.
The epicenter of the coronavirus, China’s Hubei province, was locked down for 50 days — but the quarantine is starting to lift as the country adjusts to its new normal.
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