25 March 2020 04:32
India's 1.3 billion people have joined the global lockdown triggered by the coronavirus, as the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern at the acceleration of the pandemic in the United States and Italy recorded another large increase in deaths from COVID-19. India's "total lockdown" began at midnight (18:30 GMT on Tuesday) and will continue for 21 days. The WHO has warned the United States, the country with the most cases after China and Italy, risked becoming the next epicentre of the outbreak as the country's President Donald Trump, insisted the country could be back to work in three weeks. 03:15 GMT - South Korea reports 100 more coronavirus cases South Korea reported on Thursday 100 more cases of the new coronavirus over the past 24 hours, raising the country's total to 9,137. The state-run Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement that 34 of the 100 cases were reported in the Seoul metropolitan area.
The Communist Party of the Philippines says its New People's Army has been ordered to stop all offensives from Thursday until April 15. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declared a state of national emergency as the country prepared to go into a month-long lockdown at midnight (11:00 GMT). South Korea plans to step up screening procedures for people arriving in the country from the US, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday. 00:30 GMT - China reports 47 more cases in people coming from overseas China continues to report more cases in people returning to the country from overseas. It's all part of India's unprecedented 21-day bid to stop the coronavirus pandemi c in its tracks with a nationwide lockdown.
In an interview with CNN last week, the WHO's chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said India had taken all the necessary steps to prepare for the virus, and had been communicating well with the public. So far, India has confirmed relatively few cases--but the country is also testing relatively few people. O.C. Abraham, a professor of medicine at Christian Medical College in Vellore in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, said that India should test extensively, just as South Korea did. But Balram Bhargava, director-general of the Indian Council of Medical Research, said there is no need for "indiscriminate testing." At a news briefing on Sunday, he said the country has a test capacity of 60,000 to 70,000 per week. By comparison, the United Kingdom--a country with 5% of the population size of India--says it is hoping to increase its test capacity to 25,000 a day.
"Social distancing in a country like India is going to be very, very challenging," Prabhakar said. But in India, telling people to stay home puts millions of jobs at risk. According to official statistics from 2011-2012--the most recent data available--there were around 400 million people in India's labor market. A man walks on a deserted path leading to India Gate during a government-imposed lockdown in New Delhi on March 24, 2020. "In such a time of crisis, I request the business world and high income segments of society to as much as possible, look after the economic interests of all the people who provide them services," he said. "That might end up saving lots of lives if the government has a program to basically issue a paycheck to all those daily workers and people who earn below a certain level of income," Prabhakar said. People clap from balconies in show of appreciation to health care workers in Mumbai, India on March 22, 2020. "The public health sector is woefully inadequate," said Prabhakar, explaining that there is a lack of medical supplies and trained staff in India. At a news conference on Monday, Lav Agarwal, a senior official with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said the government is working with all of India's states to increase the capacity of health facilities. A Burnaby woman is worried her father may be stranded in India after that country announced a full 21-day lockdown to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. Preet Basi says her father Jiwan travelled to the state of Haryana on a business matter back in February, before the Canadian government advised against international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, with plans to return on April 10. On Tuesday, Basi learned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a strict 21-day lockdown in the country of 1.3 billion people. The peak of infection in New York could come in as little as two to three weeks, far earlier than previously anticipated, Mr. Cuomo said. The state now projects that it may need as many as 140,000 hospital beds to house virus patients, he said, up from the 110,000 projected a few days ago. As of Tuesday morning, New York State had 25,665 cases, with at least 157 deaths. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday continued to resist calls to issue a statewide order to keep millions of Texans in their homes as protection against the fast-moving virus, but he used strong language to encourage Texans to stay indoors. "The best thing that you can do to ensure that we are not spreading Covid-19 in the state of Texas is stay home, unless you need to be out," Mr. Abbott said, referring to the disease caused by the coronavirus. In the United States, more than 46,000 cases have been confirmed as of March 24. The World Health Organization (WHO) is now warning that America may become the new epicenter of the novel coronavirus. Overseas, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced strict measures in the United Kingdom to keep people home, making exceptions to buy necessities, perform essential work, or exercise. And in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi just announced a 21-day lockdown for the entire country — 1.3 billion people. More states — Louisiana and New Mexico have joined the list — are adopting strict stay-at-home measures, but the rules are still a patchwork across the US. The United Kingdom orders people to stay at home On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new orders that would keep the British public home unless "absolutely necessary" for them to go out. Johnson called the novel coronavirus "the biggest threat this country has faced for decades" in issuing these orders, calling for a huge national effort to halt the coronavirus. The UK has more than 6,700 cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as of March 24. The UK shifted course to encourage social distancing measures, and now it's echoing other countries in explicitly ordering people to stay home. And so does India — all 1.3 billion people India will be under lockdown for 21 days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday he was placing a "total ban of coming out of your homes" on the entire country, which would stay in place for 21 days. Indian officials had put some places under strict lockdown orders, including New Delhi, and had banned all domestic flights earlier this week. India has more than 500 confirmed coronavirus cases as of March 24. "In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community," the IOC said in a press statement on Tuesday.