Great Britain, India Enact Nationwide Lockdowns

Headline Roundup March 24th, 2020

Great Britain and India have each enacted a nationwide lockdown, calling for people to stay at home to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. India's lockdown applies to roughly 1.3 billion people and will last at least three weeks. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged $2 billion to aid with healthcare efforts. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom levied the lockdown after pleas for citizens to stay at home were deemed insufficient.

Great Britain, India Enact Nationwide Lockdowns

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Those of us who have been tracking the novel coronavirus since December can easily identify its key milestones. There was mid-January, when human to human transmission of coronavirus was confirmed. Then later that month Hubei province hit 500 cases, the unprecedented lockdown extended to almost 60 million people, and the Lancet published a study showing that a third of patients require admission to intensive care, and 29% get so bad that they need ventilation. By the end of February, a sobering WHO-China joint mission press conference illustrated the massive policy...

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NEW DELHI (AP) — India will begin the world’s largest lockdown on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a TV address, warning citizens to stay inside or risk inviting the pandemic into their homes, and pledging $2 billion to bolster the country’s beleaguered health care system.

“To save India and every Indian, there will be a total ban on venturing out,” Modi said Tuesday night, acknowledging that the 21-day lockdown would be a major blow to the economy, but that the alternative could set the country back 21 years....

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Britain has become the latest European country to lockdown as the U.K. government announced a raft of restrictions preventing the population from leaving home apart from four exceptions.

There is now a blanket travel restriction, and police will have powers to fine or disperse people who venture onto the street for any other reason than to buy food, address any medical need, travel to a workplace for essential work, or undertake daily exercise. These steps come as the U.K. death toll rose to 335.

All shops selling nonessential goods have...

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