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Over 1 billion people worldwide told to stay home

Mar 24, 2020 12:20 IST

More than one billion people have been asked to stay home in over 50 countries and territories around the world as governments battle the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, according to an AFP tally on Monday. Some countries such as India, France, Italy and Argentina have imposed mandatory lockdown measures, while others like Iran and Britain have issued stay-at-home recommendations to stem the spread of the virus. Governments and health bodies across the globe are looking at social distancing as a crucial means to flatten the curve and contain the spread of the virus.